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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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Is winter the best time of year to buy a house?

Even if you've never purchased a home before, you've probably heard the term “spring market.” Traditionally, the warmer months were thought of as the only time to get into the real estate market, but that's not always the case. If you're looking to buy a home without all the heat of a potential bidding war, here's 3 main reasons why this winter just might be the best time to buy: 1. Sellers are more motivated Calendars become packed around the

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Infographic: What makes a good real estate agent?

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Breaking down a 5-star homebuying experience With trustworthiness in real estate agents remaining low (per Gallup, only 18% of Americans think real estate agents have high ethical standards), Open Listings wanted to identify ways to increase buyer trust & satisfaction by studying the traits modern homebuyer value in great real estate agents. The methodology The Open Listings team analyzed word trends in over 900 5-star reviews from our ratings platform to understand what buyers want from real estate agents when

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