homebuying advice

Here our in-house agents provide advice on a myriad of subjects that you are likely to encounter when buying a home. We've been through it so don't worry, we've got your back!

If at first you don’t succeed: when your offer on a house gets rejected

Unfortunately, not every offer on a home is a winner, especially in competitive markets. But, that’s not to say that you should just sit back and wait for fate to take its course. If you’ve had bad luck with submitting offers and want to make sure that the next one you submit sticks, we’ve laid out some of our best tips to help you get noticed by sellers. Here’s how to stand out from the crowd

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Closing on a home? Here’s 3 big mistakes to avoid.

Everyone makes mistakes. But, in real estate, sometimes the wrong move can mean the difference between becoming a homeowner and losing out on the property that was meant for you. With that in mind, we’ve brought you three surprisingly common closing mistakes to avoid when you’re about to buy a home. These are the things that trip buyers up most often and can cause huge problems in a transaction. Here’s what to consider when you’re going

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Buying your first home? Here’s 5 things to consider.

Buying a home for the first time is a bit like training for a marathon. A successful end result depends heavily on preparation. After combing through feedback from our buyers and drawing on knowledge from Open Listings buying agents who have helped buyers purchase almost $1 billion worth of homes, we’ve come up with some insights to help get you through the various different stages of your home-buying journey. Here are a few key things you should know to

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Relocating? Here’s a few services that might come in handy.

Relocating isn’t easy. For one thing, it usually happens quickly, and, for another, there are a ton of different logistics to consider. It’s easy to see how people can get overwhelmed trying to manage this process. That said, though, with the right tools at hand, it’s absolutely possible to get through your move without breaking a sweat. With that in mind, we’ve brought you a list of relocation resources that you can use to help put

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Here's the 1 major 🔑 new homebuyers learned from their first rejection

While there's lots of things we can’t tell you -- such as when you should leave home to avoid standing traffic on the freeway or how long that avocado will actually last in your fridge (because, you know, avocados gonna avocado) -- we can provide some insight into one crucial pitfall many new homeowners wish they’d avoided before they experienced their first offer rejection during their homebuying process. While this should come as no surprise, rejection doesn’t

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The art of the deal: how to figure out what to offer on a home

So, you've found a home you could really see yourself living in. That’s when the real fun begins: sitting down and making that offer. As we’ve discussed before, offers have many different components, but the biggest factor among them is the price. Before going any further, you’ll need to figure out what to offer on the home. So, we’ve rounded up a set of considerations to help you land on a price that feels comfortable to

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When is making a back up offer worth it?

So, you’ve finally found the perfect house, except there’s just one little problem to contend with: it's already under contract. While you probably think it best to move on to other options that are still available, you should know there's another option to consider: the possibility of submitting a backup offer. So, exactly what is a backup offer? At first, the concept of a “backup offer” can seem fairly simple. After all, it’s just what it sounds

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It’s not you, it’s me: breaking up with your real estate agent

So, things with your agent haven’t been going the way that you’d hoped when you first started searching for a home. How do you handle the situation? Even though no one wants this outcome, sometimes the only solution is breaking up with your real estate agent once and for all. That said, there is absolutely a right way and a wrong way to handle this delicate conversation. If you’re looking to make sure that you end up

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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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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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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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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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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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