Tag: “house hunting”

Buying a home this Summer? Here's what you need to know.

Time to rejoice: Summer's almost here. 'Tis the season to embrace long weekends, swap that rosé for frosé, and take in the ever present aroma of outdoor grilling. For those whose summer plans include looking for a new home, the good news is that with the right expectations, you’ll find that that Summer is an excellent to purchase. Intrigued? Well, keep on reading. Real estate is cyclical in nature The real estate market tends to hibernate during the colder

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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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Hello, Chicago! 👋

We're stoked to announce that Open Listings is bringing our all-in-one homebuying service to the great city of Chicago & its suburbs. As of today, Chicago area homebuyers can use our app and site to set up a real-time feed of home matches, book tours, get property reports & free expert advice, as well as create offers. And, when they buy a home in Chicago with us, they can take advantage of our 50% commission refund. With the booming Chicago

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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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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 matter on your next

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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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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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Palm Springs, we've arrived! 🌴

Heading to the Southern California desert this month to soak up the sun? You're not the only one. Open Listings is bringing our all-in-one homebuying service to one of our favorite places ~ Palm Springs. Now, you can make your Palm Springs getaway home dreams (or all-the-time home dreams) a reality, all while saving thousands with our commission refund of up to 50%. Just use the Open Listings site or app to find homes for sale in Palm Springs, house hunt

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Want to know how to get the best deal on a house? Here's 4 considerations.

Buying a home is a huge purchase, so there’s no shame in taking steps to spend your money wisely. But, in seller’s markets like we’re seeing across most of the country right now, this task can feel unsurmountable. However, it’s still possible to get a deal on your home. You just have to be a smart shopper & be willing to do a little legwork in order to score a great sale price. We’ve shared

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Buying a house as a freelancer or entrepreneur? Here's what you need to know.

If you work for yourself and you're ready to buy a home, you're not alone. These days, more people are choosing to become freelancers and entrepreneurs than ever before. And, while you may once have heard that becoming a homeowner is impossible while self-employed, fortunately, that outdated idea is a thing of the past. Buying a home as a freelancer or entrepreneur may be slightly different than going through the process while working a 9-to-5, but it's definitely doable. Read

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First time homebuyer in Austin, TX? Here's what you need to know.

In case you haven’t heard, Open Listings is now live in Austin, TX -- and, we’re not alone. According to the 2018 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report, Austin is the second-fastest growing city in the nation, just behind Seattle (which we're also in). The city's rise in popularity is anything but surprising. In a place known for everything from a vibrant music scene to unforgettable barbecue and affordable housing rates, everyone wants a piece of the action.

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Navigating a buyer's vs. seller's market: what's the difference?

Let’s be honest: the real estate industry has its own set of lingo. For a lot of us, especially first-time buyers, it can be difficult to determine what all these terms mean and then how to act accordingly. Luckily, though, we’re here to do the decoding so that you don’t have to. Today, we’re tackling the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market” and helping you understand the differences, how it affects your chances of

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4 signs your neighborhood is heating up

If you're looking to make an investment that pays off big time, buying in a neighborhood that's heating up is one way to get more than your money’s worth. In an up-and-coming neighborhood, property values can skyrocket in a relatively short period of time, leaving you to enjoy the added equity. That said, though, there's an art to identifying these neighborhoods before they become the next hotspot and you're caught having to pay a premium. If you looking to

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4 ways to kickstart your house hunt in a new city

Whether you’ve just accepted a job offer or you’re just starting a new adventure, relocating to a new city is exciting. That said, house hunting from afar can be a nerve-wrecking process. After all, buying a home is a big investment, and the stakes become exponentially higher when you’re unable to see what you’re buying with your own eyes. However, with a little planning, it’s absolutely possible to find a home remotely. Here are four

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