While is it quite common for a homeowner to enlist the help of a real estate agent when they’re ready to sell, you might be surprised to know that it’s not required. In fact, in the age of DIY, many homeowners are opting to list their homes as FSBO (or For Sale By Owner). If you’re the take charge type and have the time to do so, listing your home FSBO might be a great alternative to

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Homebuying experience: Not their 1st rodeo Buyer lifestyle: retired and loving it Home: 1 floor, 2 beds, 3 baths, 180 (panoramic) views of the ocean Location: Santa Barbara Biggest obstacle: steep competition When you think of retirement, it’s not uncommon to associate this life transition with endings. For Barry and his wife Rosemarie, however, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The end of their work grind marked the beginning a new one: looking for a new home.

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As the saying goes, “knowledge is power”. When it comes to real estate, this is true whether you’re a novice embarking on your first homebuying experience or a seasoned homeowner looking to sell your current home for newer digs. Given the complex nature of real estate, it’s fairly common for those on both ends of the spectrum to find the learning curve for this industry a bit daunting. A common question for both buyers and sellers alike is

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A home is an investment so it’s only natural to want to get as much of a return on that investment as you possibly can. If you’ve been thinking about putting your home on the market, you’ll be happy to know that there are many things you can do to increase its value. Curious to know what they are and how you can use them to your advantage during the selling process? We thought so. Keep on

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The bottom line Redfin’s business model focuses on selling homes through a reduced agent commission fee, while also servicing buyers. Open Listings exclusively focuses on buyers. The average commission refund with Open Listings is $9,604 compared to $2,000 with Redfin.* * Avg. refund last updated 8/21/2018. Redfin average from redfin.com. Refunds vary by sale price, market and are subject to a minimum commission. Refund Terms and Conditions. Who are Redfin and Open Listings? Open Listings

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Got your offer accepted? That’s just the beginning. If you have your finger on the pulse of pop culture news, you’re probably familiar with the recent saga involving Lance Bass, HGTV and the Brady Bunch house. Regardless if you’re #TeamBass or #TeamHGTV, this mini-drama highlights a very frustrating yet all-too-important lesson about the real estate market: Even if your offer gets accepted, the deal can still fall through. The reality is, the window of time between submitting

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If you’re thinking of making the jump from renting buying your first house, you’re probably well aware that some things are going to change once you’re ready to take the next step. However, you may not exactly be sure what those changes may be, or what the differences between the two will mean for you on a daily basis. Like any big life milestone, there are pluses and minuses to making this switch. So, we’ve compiled

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When it comes to homebuying, people will often say, “I’ll just wait until the market cools off,” or “there’s definitely a bubble – prices will go down soon.” But, statements like these beg the question: is it really possible to anticipate real estate market trends? Fortunately, the answer is...kind of. With a little planning and foresight, it is possible to keep an eye on the movement of the market and to use it to your advantage. Read on

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In competitive markets, many buyers have found themselves questioning whether or not they really need their own buyer’s agent. They might go to an open house, fall in love with a home, and meet the listing agent who says they’ll be able to get them the place. Seems like a shoo-in, right? While the decision is obviously up to you, having your own buying agent can help you tackle the hard parts of homebuying and keep your needs

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Buying a home is a huge decision. You shouldn’t go into it without first making sure that the place you’re considering is actually the right one for you. Luckily for you, we put together a list of questions before you decide to put in an offer to see whether or not that particular property is a good fit. Questions about functionality When looking at homes, the first area you’ll need to evaluate is how well the home

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Buying your first home is a big deal, both financially and emotionally. And while sometimes buying agents have to keep their opinions to themselves and let clients make their own decisions, we asked some real estate agents to open up and share the one thing that they wish all first-time homebuyers knew. Their unfiltered responses are below. Check them out, and see what info you’ve been missing: 1. You can shop around for agents Before starting out on your

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Exciting news ~ After 4 years of helping homebuyers purchase over $1 billion worth of homes and save over $8 million in commission fees, we’re excited to announce that Open Listings has joined the Opendoor family, bringing us one giant step closer to achieving our mission of simple, affordable homebuying for everyone. Since starting Open Listings, we’ve been big fans of the ambitious work Opendoor has done to reinvent the tedious process of selling a home. We couldn’t

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If you’re anything like the majority of first-time homebuyers, you’ve probably heard the phrase “mortgage broker” used before without giving too much thought to what the term means. However, if you’re thinking about getting into the market yourself, it’s time to learn. Working with one of these industry professionals is an easy way to help you save yourself time and a lot of hassle during the buying process since they can help you through the process

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According to TIME, an estimated 40 million Americans carry student loan debt, with 5.9 million of them owing over $50,000. That’s no small figure. So, if you’re still struggling with student loans, you’re far from alone. Unfortunately, many are under the misconception that carrying student debt means you’re not able to own a home. Buying a home even when you’ve got student debt to pay off is possible. But, it requires a little

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With all those shows on TV about fixing up old houses and flipping them for a profit, you may be wondering whether buying a flipped house is the right route for you. The reality is that flips aren’t for everyone, and it’s important to know the pros and cons before you make that offer. With that in mind, we’ve created a guide on buying flipped houses. Here are the most important things you should know about buying

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