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Buying a foreclosed home: 4 things to know

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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Hello, Chicago! 👋

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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Avoid being “house poor” by taking these 4 steps

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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Breaking it down: the real estate capital gains tax

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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OL buyer story: Tiffanie & Brett

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 — Tiffanie would

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Thinking about refinancing your home? Here are the costs.

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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Going on a home tour? Here’s 5 things to overlook.

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

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Are tech workers from the Bay Area finding housing relief in Seattle?

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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Thinking about buying a new construction home? Here's 4 considerations.

New construction homes seem like a no-brainer if they're available and you can afford them, right? While you might think there wouldn't be as much to do or to consider when buying a brand new home compared to a previously-owned one, there's still things you need to look out for to make sure you're making the best investment. Here are the top four things to remember when buying a new construction: #1. You aren’t buying the model home Wherever

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OL buyer story: Jessica & Sam

First-time homeowners find stability in a hectic market After a decade of renting, Jessica and her fiancé Sam grew tired of the volatility that came with the increasing costs of living in Los Angeles. So, as median monthly rents creeped up ~5.5% each year, the couple looked to home ownership for greater financial security and peace of mind. “I mainly wanted to get out of renting because I was scared of getting pushed out [of my place],” says Jessica.

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Buying and selling a home at the same time: 4 questions to ask yourself

Even if you thought you were going to stay put in your home for a while, these days, "forever homes" don't really mean forever. In fact, the average American is expected to move over 11 times in their life. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to sell your home and upgrade in the near future, we’ve compiled a list of hard-hitting questions for you to have a little real talk with yourself and

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Prefab Homes: Here Are The Pros & Cons

Photo of a contemporary pre-fabricated home from Kasita If you’ve seen the success of shows like Tiny House Hunters, you know as well as we do that the fascination with prefab homes is back in full swing. While not every prefab house is a tiny home, these properties -- which by definition are built in sections and then shipped and assembled on site -- do offer a level of flexibility and affordability that’s not often seen with conventional

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Escalation clauses: what are they, and why should you be careful with them?

For many buyers, adding an escalation clause seems like the answer to a big problem: the end to endless negotiations in a bidding war. Especially in seller’s markets like the ones we’re seeing today, this clause may seem like a huge relief. But, there are several considerations before deciding to include one to ensure you've got your best foot forward. What is an escalation clause? An escalation clause is most often seen in markets where multiple offers are

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Breaking it down: accessory dwelling units

With the rising costs of real estate, more home owners and prospective buyers are looking to make the most out of their property. Whether you call them by their proper name -- accessory dwelling units -- or you know them as something else, we're breaking down what the term means, why these units are so popular, and, if you’re interested, how you can go about putting one of your own on your new property. So, what is an accessory

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Hacking your way to home ownership: how about getting a roommate?

Okay, so maybe you're not quite ready to create your property empire, but the good news is, you don’t have to wait until you can afford to buy an investment property to find out if the landlord life is in your cards. These days, more and more people are renting out a room in their primary residence to get a taste of what having tenants will be like and to offset the rising costs of home ownership. If you’

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