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The future is here: 5 CES 2018 smart home products that have our attention

Every year, tons of tech companies, manufacturers, and retailers descend upon the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to show off their latest & greatest innovations and to reaffirm that our lives really could be one hairbrained invention away from a Black Mirror episode. From the wacky and weird (Come on - do you really need a self-driving suitcase???) to the sign-us-up-right-now innovations, here are 5 smart home products coming out of this year's CES that have caught our eye: 1. Whirlpool

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Think you're ready to buy a house? Here's 4 signs.

“Am I ready to buy a house, or should I just keep renting?” It’s one of the questions that we hear most often and something to which first-time homebuyers often spend months, if not years, trying to figure out the answer. Below are a list of four tell-tale signs that you’re ready to bite the bullet and take the leap into home ownership: Sign #1: You're ready to settle down The first sign that you’re in the

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6 mistakes to avoid as a first-time home buyer

Buying a home for the first time is a big deal. To help you get ahead, we’ve outlined some first-time homebuyer tips by calling out six of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid going into the purchase of your first home that could end up saving you a lot of time, money, and frustration. Mistake #1: not getting pre-approved Many first-time buyers make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to get approved for a mortgage

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Is being a landlord right for you? What to consider when buying a rental property

These days, homebuying is changing. While a single-family home may have once been the goal, rising housing prices have caused more people to consider multi-family options. By living in one unit of a duplex or triplex and renting out the rest, you have the unique opportunity to offset some of the costs of homeownership. Plus, if you play your cards right, it’s a chance to create a passive income stream that will last long after you move into your

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Homebuying newb? Start here.

It's a new year, and maybe you've resolved to make this year the one where you reach homeowner status. But, if you're totally new to the idea of homebuying and have no clue where to start your house hunt, that's okay. We're here to help. By reading this, you're already taking the first step. 💪 Homebuying 101 We've outlined what you can expect when you’re ready to buy your first home -- everything from applying for financing to writing the

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Weighing your options: should you buy a forever home or a for-a-few-years home?

First-time homebuyers often struggle with the idea of a "starter home" -- a place that's good enough for now, but not necessarily where you could see yourself living for decades to come. For many, spending all your hard-earned money and time on something that might not be your ultimate dream is hard to swallow. But, the reality is that getting into a starter home can provide opportunities you might not have if you kept on renting. And, the

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Your home inspection list of 8 missteps to avoid

Once your offer has been accepted, the next step is getting through your inspections. As the buyer, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared & know what to expect -- and we’re here to help with that. We’ve compiled a list of the eight biggest home inspection missteps that cost buyers money. Read them over to make sure you go into this process with your best foot forward: 1. Skipping the inspection entirely You’ve probably

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Looking for a place that doubles as art? Get an architectural home.

For some of us, our homes need to be more than just a source of shelter -- there's importance in finding properties that have a history and lived experience of their very own. If you count yourself among that group, when you're ready to buy, consider architectural design homes as they hit the market. Curious about what architectural homes have to offer? We've got a primer on this unique subset of real estate, why it’s so important, and how

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Local spotlight: Los Angeles 2017 homebuyer trends

As everyone prepares to say goodbye to 2017, we wanted to take a closer look at what the year was like in Los Angeles home buying. To do so, we analyzed data on the Open Listings platform from more than 8,872 home sales across urban Los Angeles over the last year. How did home sales play out for buyers throughout the year? After ringing in the last new year with 601 home sales in January 2017, sales slowly increased

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Want to buy a house with Bitcoin? Here's what you need to know.

With everyone going cryptocurrency crazy and the value of a single Bitcoin having skyrocketed as high as $19,000, there's two things guaranteed when you work at a real estate startup: Your parents and non-tech savvy family members will ask you to explain what the hell it is over and over again Tech-savvy buyers who've mined their way to Bitcoin and other crypto riches will want to know if there is a way for them to buy a house using

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First-time FAQs: What credit score is needed to buy a house?

If you're looking to get a mortgage for your home, good credit is one of key factors that lenders look at when deciding whether or not to approve you for a loan. For this reason, it’s important for buyers to try and get their score in shape before applying. But, how good is good enough? If you’ve found yourself wondering what credit score is needed to buy a house, you’re in the right place. Keep reading below

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Breaking it down: What is a home appraisal based on, & what are some home appraisal tips?

For both potential homebuyers and sellers, home appraisals can be a nerve wracking time because if the appraisal comes back substantially higher or lower than the sale price, both parties will have to renegotiate accordingly. But, we're here to break down what what home appraisals consist of, why they matter during closing, and 7 tips for sellers to ensure they can do everything they can to help move the closing process along. Why should you care about home appraisals as

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4 ways to reboot your house hunt in 2018

Every buyer, especially first-timers, dreams of finding their ideal home. There’s nothing quite as disheartening as looking through pages and pages of listings for months, only to realize that not one of them matches up to what you’ve been imagining as your new home, or being outbid time and time again from that all-cash buyer. Sigh. Fortunately, however, not finding any listings you like is far from the end of the world. There are many strategies that you

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Homebuyer how-to: writing an offer letter that will get you the house

Here's one of real estate's not-so-dirty secrets: Most of the time, accepting an offer is about so much more than the bottom line. These days, especially in competitive markets, buyers need to do whatever they can to make there offer stand out and feel little less transactional. One way that they can do that is by writing a killer offer letter. Whether you’ve been house hunting for a while or just started looking, read on for some tips and

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Introducing the new Open Listings

Today, we’re excited to share a redesigned Open Listings experience. In 2015, we launched our product as a modern house hunting tool. After over half a billion dollars in home transactions and hundreds of thousands of buyers using our platform, we rebuilt the experience from the ground up to make it even easier to find, buy, and save thousands on your home purchase -- all in one place. With the new Open Listings, we wanted to create an experience

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