While there's lots of things we can’t tell you -- such as when you should leave home to avoid standing traffic on the freeway or how long that avocado will actually last in your fridge (because, you know, avocados gonna avocado) -- we can provide some insight into one crucial pitfall many new homeowners wish they’d avoided before they experienced their first offer rejection during their homebuying process. While this should come as no surprise, rejection doesn’t

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Memorial Day may have come and gone, but at Open Listings, we are committed to helping veterans and their families year-round. Fortunately, California is also has the same mission at heart. Our home state is a cut above in the number of programs available to help returning and active-duty service members find stable housing and employment. As a thank you for your service, we’ve compiled a list of those resources below. Read them over to see which ones might

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Time to rejoice: Summer's almost here. 'Tis the season to embrace long weekends, swap that rosé for frosé, and take in the ever present aroma of outdoor grilling. For those whose summer plans include looking for a new home, the good news is that with the right expectations, you’ll find that that Summer is an excellent to purchase. Intrigued? Well, keep on reading. Real estate is cyclical in nature The real estate market tends to hibernate during the colder

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So, you've found a home you could really see yourself living in. That’s when the real fun begins: sitting down and making that offer. As we’ve discussed before, offers have many different components, but the biggest factor among them is the price. Before going any further, you’ll need to figure out what to offer on the home. So, we’ve rounded up a set of considerations to help you land on a price that feels comfortable to

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So, you’ve finally found the perfect house, except there’s just one little problem to contend with: it's already under contract. While you probably think it best to move on to other options that are still available, you should know there's another option to consider: the possibility of submitting a backup offer. So, exactly what is a backup offer? At first, the concept of a “backup offer” can seem fairly simple. After all, it’s just what it sounds

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First comes the home, then comes marriage in the millennial age With Memorial Day weekend recently kicking off the unofficial start of Summer, America's kicked into both peak homebuying and wedding season. Open Listings' own internal data shows that June is the most popular month to buy a home in major metro real estate markets such as Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago. June is typically followed by August as the second busiest home buying month after homebuyers take a reprieve

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So, things with your agent haven’t been going the way that you’d hoped when you first started searching for a home. How do you handle the situation? Even though no one wants this outcome, sometimes the only solution is breaking up with your real estate agent once and for all. That said, there is absolutely a right way and a wrong way to handle this delicate conversation. If you’re looking to make sure that you end up

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Buying a foreclosed home may seem like a great deal at first glance. After all, how could an incredibly low sale price not be a great thing, right? But, there’s more to foreclosed properties than meets the eye. They’re an entirely different breed than a traditional sale and they require a deft hand in order to be handled successfully. If you’re considering buying one of these properties, you won’t want to skip this post. We’ve

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We're stoked to announce that Open Listings is bringing our all-in-one homebuying service to the great city of Chicago & its suburbs. As of today, Chicago area homebuyers can use our app and site to set up a real-time feed of home matches, book tours, get property reports & free expert advice, as well as create offers. And, when they buy a home in Chicago with us, they can take advantage of our 50% commission refund. With the booming Chicago

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We’ve all heard cautionary tales of new homeowners who have ended up “house poor.” Yes, their homes may be gorgeous and enviable, but that asset is all they have. But in reality, they’re struggling to afford their homes and live their lives comfortably. And, if there’s one thing you don’t want to do as a buyer, it’s to find yourself in a similar position. Here are the steps you can take during your home search

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Are you hoping to sell your house for more than it’s worth? Before you get too excited thinking about what you could do with all that extra cash, don’t forget about one of the two only guaranteed things in life: taxes. Fortunately, though, there are a few things you can do to help keep your income safe. If you want to learn more about how the capital gains tax affects home sales, you’ve come to the right

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From renters for life to SoCal homeowners When Malibu, CA-based blogger and Mom Tiffanie Anne and her soon-to-be husband Brett started looking for a new place for them and their 1.5 year old daughter, Tenley, the idea of buying a home in Southern California seemed completely out of the picture. As her apartment hunt grew fiercer -- finding a 2 bedroom apartment in the Calabasas / Malibu / Agoura Hills neighborhood area for under $2,400 is no small feat --

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At some point, most homeowners start to consider refinancing their homes. Whether your end goal is to score a better interest rate, change the length of your loan, or receive a cash advance for the equity you’ve put into the property, refinancing can do a lot to help ease the financial burden of homeownership. But, refinancing your home does come at a cost of its own. If you’ve been wondering whether refinancing is a viable option for you

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When you’re looking at homes, it can be hard to be objective. After all, since you're paying so much money, it’s only natural to want a home that's totally perfect for you. That said, sometimes, it pays to be blind-ish. In this crazy market with limited inventory, not every home issue should be a dealbreaker. Don't miss out on your perfect home by paying too much attention to these five things that don't really matter on your next

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In the first quarter of 2018, the Bay Area housing crisis reached an even more extreme level. Our Open Listings study in February found that home affordability was even becoming a problem for six-figure salaried technology workers across Silicon Valley. Today, $2 million homes for sale in the Bay Area look like this, and if tech workers decide to rent, they're forking over $4,500 a month. So, where are these workers headed? According to recent data crunched by LinkedIn,

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