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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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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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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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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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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