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Should you get pre-approved for a mortgage before looking?

TL;DR Yes. In this competitive homebuying market, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is truly the first step that you should take in buying a home. However, first-time homebuyers are often intimidated by amount of legwork that it takes to get approved and end up shuttling this process to the end of their to-do list, which can be a costly mistake. So, if you’re one of those would-be buyers, this post is for you. We’re taking a closer

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Should your first home be your second home?

These days, we’re seeing an interesting trend among first-time buyers, where more and more are choosing to purchase their second homes or weekend getaway vacation properties, before ever putting down money towards a primary residence. For some, it’s opening up opportunities for homeownership in places where that dream can feel impossible. If you’re interested in learning more about how this scenario works and if it could be the right move for you, keep reading. Why the push

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Get more bang for your buck with these 10 home improvements

Getting a healthy ROI (return on investment) for home improvements is a big concern among homeowners, and rightly so. Since home improvements are part emotional and financial, not only are you looking to improve your current quality of life, you're also hoping that your investment will pay off in the form of higher resale values down the road. To that end, Remodeling Magazine releases a Cost vs. Value Report each year that takes a look at the national averages for

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Tech workers: they're just like us — can't find affordable housing

Housing price increases now outpace the high salaries of tech engineers in San Francisco and even more-so in Los Angeles Four years ago, we hit a tipping point when for the first time since the 1920’s, population growth in cities outpaced growth outside of cities. While the tech industry has been a boom for the national economy and jobs since its recovery from the dotcom bubble, it has also been a driver of today’s urban housing crisis. More

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Buying a starter home? Here's what you need to know.

Many first-time homebuyers, especially in competitive markets, end up in starter homes as a part of their first foray into the real estate market. The idea of a "starter home" goes back to World War II. After veterans completed their service, they returned home and took advantage of a provision in the G.I. Bill that guaranteed them affordable mortgages. The increased demand caused a housing boom, specifically for smaller, low-cost homes where the veterans could start their

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OL buyer story: Elisabeth

"Time for us to grow up and get a house" How Emerald the German Shepard sparked Elisabeth's house hunt For those doing a double take at that headline, don't be too surprised: last Summer, a Harris Poll survey found that Fido was the top reason a whopping 33 percent of millennial homebuyers decided to buy a home--more than having kids or getting married. So, after spending years living the apartment life in Sacramento, Elisabeth grew tired of making

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Bought a home? Here are the tax write offs you need to know about in 2018

Now that the GOP tax plan has officially passed, big changes are coming to the way that people file their taxes. One of the biggest debates surrounds whether or it’s worth it to itemize your write-offs rather than taking the standard deduction. Homeowners (and those looking to buy) should take a closer look at which option will have the biggest benefit in 2018. To get you prepared for this year's tax season, we’ve outlined some of the most

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Starting your house hunt early this year? So is everyone else.

The real estate industry is super seasonal. Traditionally, agents talk about "spring markets" as the most popular time to both list and buy homes. While that trend has been true for decades, in 2018, market research data--including our own findings--shows that buyers are getting a jump start on their house hunt, meaning the spring market may already be here. We’ve taken a close look at some of the reasons behind the shift and what it could mean

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Getting real: what's the deal with "curb appeal"?

Once you get your house hunt on, you’ll undoubtedly start hearing lots of terms getting thrown around. From “pre-approval” to “closing costs”, it can be tough to suss out exactly what all of these things mean, especially if it’s your first time looking for a home. This time, we’re tackling "curb appeal." Everyone kinda gets it, but really, uh...what is it? No matter if you’re just starting out or have been on the

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Just say no: 4 signs it's time to back out of buying that house

It's not fun to think about, but even if you fall in love with a home, it might not be the right fit. Although a home may meet all your must-haves, sometimes, issues come up that are just not worth it. In those cases, even if you've put an offer on the place, it might not be too late to back out of buying the house before closing, and find another option that will ultimately work. It happens more often

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Buying a house with a friend or relative? Here's what you need to know.

Want to invest in a home, but can’t afford it on your own? With the real estate market being so competitive in major metro markets, buying property with a friend, relative, or significant other who isn't your spouse yet is becoming increasingly common. More and more often, people are finding a solution to the affordability problem by choosing to go in on a property with someone else. However, buying a home together with a significant other, friend, or relative

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OL buyer story: Trinity & Justin

Patience makes the hunt grow stronger How a layoff & falling out of escrow on their dream bungalow led Trinity & Justin to ‘the one’ Since getting married in 2015, Justin and Trinity spent most weekends working the open house tour route in Northeast Los Angeles. Their home goal? Find a charming place with character and aesthetic appeal that would inspire them creatively, all while fitting in their price range -- which was no small task in a hot market

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Buying in a seller's market? Here's 5 tips.

Looking to get in on that perfect home in your dream neighborhood? So is everyone else. Whether it's the killer school district, walkability, or central location that makes your target neighborhood a top pick, odds are homes for sale in hot markets are hard to come by. If you want to call your dream 'hood home, you’re going to need to buy smart. Luckily, you’re not in this alone. We know what buying in a hot market (also

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Weighing your options: pros & cons of buying a condo, co-op or townhome

If you’ve decided that the responsibility or affordability of single-home living is not for you, there are plenty of other styles of living to choose from. Surprised you've got options? No worries ~ we've compiled a list of the pros and cons of shared building living, whether you're looking at a condo, co-op or a townhome, so you can determine which property type will work best for you and know what you'll be getting into. Buying into a co-op It

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Local spotlight: San Diego homebuyer trends

As prospective homebuyers across San Diego, one of Open Listings' biggest markets, step up their home search in 2018, we wanted to take a look at trends around homes for sale in San Diego so we could help prospects know what they should expect to encounter in this year's house hunt. To do so, we analyzed data on the Open Listings platform from more than 17,000 home sales across the greater San Diego area and its surrounding communities over

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