Usually, when home sale contingencies are discussed, the conversation revolves around how the right clause can be used to give the buyer "an out" if their financing falls through or if inspection reports come back with a ton of red flags. However, there are also contingencies that offer home sellers an added layer of protection if the sale goes awry. With that in mind, here are some of the most common seller contingencies, as well as why they're

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Heading to the Southern California desert this month to soak up the sun? You're not the only one. Open Listings is bringing our all-in-one homebuying service to one of our favorite places ~ Palm Springs. Now, you can make your Palm Springs getaway home dreams (or all-the-time home dreams) a reality, all while saving thousands with our 50% commission refund. Just use the Open Listings site or app to find homes for sale in Palm Springs, house hunt 24/7, book

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Buying a home is a huge purchase, so there’s no shame in taking steps to spend your money wisely. But, in seller’s markets like we’re seeing across most of the country right now, this task can feel unsurmountable. However, it’s still possible to get a deal on your home. You just have to be a smart shopper & be willing to do a little legwork in order to score a great sale price. We’ve shared

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If you work for yourself and you're ready to buy a home, you're not alone. These days, more people are choosing to become freelancers and entrepreneurs than ever before. And, while you may once have heard that becoming a homeowner is impossible while self-employed, fortunately, that outdated idea is a thing of the past. Buying a home as a freelancer or entrepreneur may be slightly different than going through the process while working a 9-to-5, but it's definitely doable. Read

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Navigating the waters of building permits is no fun. As a buyer, it's crucial to know whether the home you’re purchasing includes permitted work. If not, it’s even more vital to figure out what risks you could face going forward and how you should go about remedying the issue. In an effort to help you sort this issue out once and for all, we took the liberty of answering some of your biggest permitting questions so you’ll

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In case you haven’t heard, Open Listings is now live in Austin, TX -- and, we’re not alone. According to the 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report, Austin is the second-fastest growing city in the nation, just behind Seattle (which we're also in). The city's rise in popularity is anything but surprising. In a place known for everything from a vibrant music scene to unforgettable barbecue and affordable housing rates, everyone wants a piece of the action.

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Buying a house is all about mastering the art of give-and-take. Many buyers think that the purchase price is the main negotiation point, but in reality, that’s only one piece of the offer. By learning where your major negotiation points are (and how to use them), you’ll have the advantage of being able to craft an offer that works in your favor while simultaneously seeming beneficial to the seller. Realistically, there are five big negotiation points to consider

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In February, the Open Listings team did some research into how home affordability was even becoming a problem for six-figure salaried tech workers across Silicon Valley. We used the lending industry's standard "28% rule" as a barometer for evaluating if tech workers in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles would be approved for a mortgage -- let alone really be able to afford home ownership within a 20 minute commute from their offices on their salaries only. Our findings

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Hello, Texas! The Open Listings team is excited to announce that we're bringing our all-in-one homebuying service to even more places this year, starting with Austin, Texas. Now, homebuyers in the Austin area can use the Open Listings site or iOS app to house hunt 24/7, book tours on demand, and save thousands with our 50% commission refund. Whether you want to snag Lance Armstrong's house for a cool $7.5 mil (don't worry, we'll give you $93,750

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Let’s be honest: the real estate industry has its own set of lingo. For a lot of us, especially first-time buyers, it can be difficult to determine what all these terms mean and then how to act accordingly. Luckily, though, we’re here to do the decoding so that you don’t have to. Today, we’re tackling the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market” and helping you understand the differences, how it affects your chances of

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If you're looking to make an investment that pays off big time, buying in a neighborhood that's heating up is one way to get more than your money’s worth. In an up-and-coming neighborhood, property values can skyrocket in a relatively short period of time, leaving you to enjoy the added equity. That said, though, there's an art to identifying these neighborhoods before they become the next hotspot and you're caught having to pay a premium. If you looking to

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Brett, Tiffanie & their daughter Tenley Posts last updated 04/09/18 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

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OL for your iPhone & iPad At Open Listings, we're constantly working on ways to make your house hunt as easy as possible. So, we're excited to announce the launch of our new iOS app with full support for iPhone and iPad. Whether you're in your car right after a house tour, at work, or just hanging out on your couch, we hope the app makes it easier for you to find and buy a home wherever you are, whenever

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In December of last year, the Open Listings team took a detailed look at where millennials in the United States currently stand with their homebuying plans. And, contrary to many headlines, we found that millennials are actually already buying homes. In fact, 44% of millennials -- largely based outside of major urban areas -- noted that they already own a home. Over the next couple of years, industry leaders expect one subset of millennials to drive the homeownership rate up

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Whether you’ve just accepted a job offer or you’re just starting a new adventure, relocating to a new city is exciting. That said, house hunting from afar can be a nerve-wrecking process. After all, buying a home is a big investment, and the stakes become exponentially higher when you’re unable to see what you’re buying with your own eyes. However, with a little planning, it’s absolutely possible to find a home remotely. Here are four

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