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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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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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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Deciding which house to buy is a huge decision. After all, it’s one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make, and you’ll likely spend years in your new home. It’s no wonder why many buyers, especially first-timers, worry over whether or not they’ve managed to find “the one” and if it’s worth submitting an offer. We’ve put together four questions to help you determine whether or not you've found the "right house&

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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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