While open houses seem pretty casual, savvy buyers know that checking out a home isn't just about aesthetics or a quick view. In today's hot market, you might not get another look before making an offer. If you're seriously interested in a home, get a feel for the things you can't change: the neighborhood & ongoing home maintenance needs. You should also get critical details such as when offers are due. If you aren’t totally sure about how the

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One of the most frequent conversations we have with homebuyers at Open Listings is about our 50% commission refund and how real estate agent fees work. Time and time again, we’re asked by buyers to debunk this homebuying myth: “An agent I spoke to said that sellers pay agent commissions. It’s free for buyers. How can that be?” The short of it Many real estate agents will tell homebuyers that their service is free, and that as a

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TL;DR Negotiating for repairs is often a delicate process. Be reasonable in your demands, and always weigh the consequences of your requests against how badly you want the property. A good buying agent will have your back and help you navigate and negotiate either repairs or credits. You may have gotten your offer accepted, but if you think the negotiations are over once your new home goes into escrow, think again. After you get a home inspection report and

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TL;DR While first-time homebuyers often get home warranties and home insurance confused, the reality is that it's not an either / or situation. You have to have home insurance before you close on your new home, but a home warranty can be bought any time. Breaking it all down: What exactly is home insurance? Homeowner’s insurance provides you financial protection against disasters. It protects the house itself and everything in it, as well as provides liability coverage in case

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Who are we Open Listings is an all-in-one homebuying app that gives users the knowledge, tools and support to confidently buy any home and get a 50% commission refund, which can cover up to half of a buyer's down payment. We let buyers find, tour and buy homes using an entirely online process that's been optimized for buyers in competitive markets. We currently have just over 30 employees and are based in Los Angeles, CA. Our purpose We allow people

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