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Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, serial renter, or real estate veteran, here are the questions you should ask—and the answers you should look for—to help you purchase the perfect home at the perfect price. Happy hunting!

9 Things You Shouldn’t Overlook When Househunting Online

Who doesn’t love browsing for a dream home using an app? In just a few taps, you’re imagining your life via the professional photos of beautifully staged rooms. However, you could be glancing over details that are potential dealbreakers. We asked a few Realtors for a list of things a buyer should never overlook when […]

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5 Costs First-Time Homebuyers Underestimate

Despite purchasing homes later in life than other generations, 60% of Millennials say owning a home is the primary ingredient of achieving the American dream. That doesn’t mean they’re totally prepared. Like any first-time homebuyer, young owners are often taken aback at the full range of financial burdens that accompany home ownership. Here are five […]

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Watch Out, Sellers: Are You Making Any Of These 4 Home Selling Mistakes?

Selling your home can be an emotional process. What makes it even tougher is that it’s also a business decision, one where it’s unwise to let your emotions run the show. Doing so can lead to making a mistake that could potentially cost you your ideal buyer. With that in mind, we laid out four […]

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5 Weird Things Home Sellers Don’t Always Have to Disclose

You have your eyes on the perfect property, and your inspection is all squared away. Between that and the pile of disclosures you’ve acquired, you’re feeling pretty confident that you know everything you need to know to make an offer, right? Umm… not so fast. Home sellers don’t always have to disclose certain details about […]

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The Most Offensive Pet Odors That Send Homebuyers Running

“It smells like a dog lives here,” isn’t the first impression you want to hear from a prospective homebuyer. “The reaction is usually to leave,” says Jane McAuley, a realtor at Coldwell Banker. Cleaning out ever-present pet odors and allergy issues before putting your home on the market can be a financial concern, but, thankfully, […]

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7 Things to do in Winter before Listing your Home in Spring

We’re not talking about the last-minute things you scurry around to do before a showing, like straightening up. These are the indoor tasks that take a little more time and effort, but are essential to take care of during the winter before listing your home in spring. 1. Take Inventory You’ve got some time on […]

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Buying House Plans Online: Pros and Cons

No two homes are exactly alike because no two families are exactly alike. Still, buying house plans online can feel like a simple way to design a personalized home without the fuss. Sure, someone might have the same plan, but you make a house a home, right? Before you take the plunge and buy stock […]

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What to Expect Throughout the Home Appraisal Process

A home’s selling price is largely affected by the home appraisal. Here are some tips to help you get the largest valuation.

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Have You Handled These Six Things Before Scheduling Your Property Appraisal?

What to do Before Scheduling a Property Appraisal Whether you’ve got a potential buyer interested in your home, or you’re looking to refinance your mortgage, having your property appraised is a logical next step. What’s not logical is scheduling an appraisal before strategically handling a few things around your interior and exterior. This extra prep […]

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Don’t Focus on These Cosmetic Features When Buying a Home

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s natural to favor the more aesthetically-pleasing properties. However, cosmetic features are often decorative and trendy extras. Instead, you should base your decision on the underlying features and value of the home. This includes elements like the plumbing, wiring and roof of any potential home. “As a home […]

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The Realities of Buying Your First Home

By now, it’s no secret: reality television is far from reality. Whether it’s finding the love of your life or the home of your dreams…

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7 Things to Look for When Buying a New House

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links or submissions on this page.  Shopping for a new house means looking past that fresh coat of paint and doing a little digging to see if any big repairs or deal breakers […]

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Why You Should Find your Next Home on Foot

Moving to a walkable locale provides a unique home shopping opportunity! Park your car for the day and take in your prospective new…

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What the Heck is a Micro Apartment (and Can You Really Live in One?)

We’ve all heard of downsizing, but how far is too far? People who are settling down (no pun intended) in a micro apartment-and loving…

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Could Paint Colors Help or Hurt the Sale of Your Home by Thousands?

We’ve heard homes for sale should be painted and staged so that potential buyers can envision their own interior style and personality…

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Townhome or House: 8 Factors You Need to Know to Decide

Congratulations! You’ve decided to send the rental life packing and settle down in a place of your own. The next thing to decide: which…

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How to Get the Best Price When Buying a New Build

Buying an existing home is all about the art of the deal. A new home, on the other hand, is set in stone, right? Not exactly. While the materials might have a set cost when a builder is estimating your home, you can still negotiate a better price when buying a new build. Even if […]

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6 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Historic House

Every Sunday you drive through the same historical neighborhood, slowing down at your favorite grand old Victorian with gingerbread trim…

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How do Taxes Change for First-Time Homeowners?

You’ve turned your key in the door and taken the first look around as a full-fledged homeowner. Congrats! One foot in the door, and you’re…

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8 Critical Reasons Why Your House Isn’t Selling

Buying a new home: super-exciting. Selling your old home: not so much. You’ve cleaned, scrubbed, staged, mowed, pruned and painted, but…

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7 Essential Questions You Should Ask an HOA Before Buying

There’s a lot more to living in a Homeowners Association than paying dues for amenities and landscaping. Here are seven essential questions…

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4 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Great for Your Open House

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  There’s a lot to do before an open house. You need to clean top to bottom, spruce up your home decor, remove any hyper-personal touches and emotionally prepare yourself […]

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What You Need to Know About Popular House Styles

You’ve probably been watching a home buying show on TV and heard the buyers talk about really wanting a craftsman style home.And if you’re…

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What to Know Before Buying a Fixer-Upper

Renovating a fixer-upper isn’t as easy as home improvement shows make it look. Consider your time and budget before buying a home that needs a lot of work.

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The Benefits of Buying a Smaller House

HGTV and Pinterest have changed the standards for what homebuyers expect in a house.Even on the low end of the house-hunting price…

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Why Millennials are Renting More — And Why It Works for Them

Rent or own? When it comes to choosing a living space, it’s a question young people ask themselves as they begin establishing their…

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Before You Buy A Foreclosure, Read This

Whether you’re a first-time buyer shopping for a forever home or you’re searching for a great price on investment property, we’ve put together this list of pros and cons to help you decide whether buying a foreclosed home is right for you.

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What Those Inspection Failures Will Cost

Unless you’re building a brand-new house, anything home you buy is going to have some wear relative to its age.Some parts of a home just…

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Home-buying Timeline: 7 Steps to Buying a House

The fun part of buying a home? Touring properties and picturing yourself taking a bath in updated master bathrooms, cooking a homemade meal…

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5 Indoor DIY Projects to Instantly Boost Your Home’s Value

Looking to immediately boost the value of your home? No need to hire a contractor! You can increase your home’s value this weekend with any…

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