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Buying & Selling

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, 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!

Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else is handled. But that leaves out one of the trickiest parts of home […]

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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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10 Things That Fail a Home Inspection And How to Prevent Them

A home inspection is a top-to-bottom evaluation of a home, completed by a licensed inspector. Home inspections are usually paid for by the buyer when purchasing a home. The role of the home inspector is to provide the buyer with a comprehensive report detailing problems with the home — both big and small. A buyer […]

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How Much Does A Mobile Home Cost?

Let’s get right to the important question – How much is a mobile home? According to the United States Census Bureau, the average cost of a trailer home or mobile home is around $127,250. However, different manufacturers have diverse price points depending on the size and structure.  It’s important to note that the cost of […]

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What You Should Expect from a Home Inspection

If you’re buying a new home, then sooner or later you’ll need to have a home inspection done. While not usually required, obtaining a home inspection is common practice in real estate and is almost entirely done for the benefit of the purchaser, even if they’re paying for it out of their own pocket. A […]

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The 10 Most Important Factors for Buying Your Dream Home

Purchasing a “Dream Home” is one of those life accomplishments that tops nearly everyone’s bucket list. Whether you prefer a modernized urban loft or a sprawling suburban home with a white picket fence, most of us hope to find a home that feels like it was made specifically for our family. However, searching for your […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Buying an Apartment

  After spending some time in renting business you’ll realise that you should stop throwing away money on rent month after month, and buy a house or an apartment. If you are going to buy your first apartment ever, then in this article will show you a checklist of things that you should verify before […]

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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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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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10 Amenities to Look for when Buying a Home

Now that spring is here, buying and selling homes is an objective for many of you, who have waited patiently all winter to start your home search. Whether this is your first home or you are a veteran, there are amenities that you should keep an eye out for when looking to buy a home. […]

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What You Should Know Before Buying a Home in the Mountains

Before you buy your serene, bucolic home nestled among the trees and wildlife of the mountains, there are a few things you should be made aware of.  Living in the mountains can be peaceful and magical, but new challenges and difficulties can present themselves. We hope that will enlighten you to both the positive as […]

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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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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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Why You Still Haven’t Found a House (and How to Find One)

You haven’t found it yet, but it’s out there — you just know it. Open floor plan, granite countertops, and the perfect patio for entertaining guests. Most people have a very clear picture that comes to mind when they close their eyes and longingly pine for their dream home. But is that holding you back from finding your next home?

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The Top Reasons Home Sales Fall Through

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, uncertainty hangs over every contract: Will the other party uphold their obligations? Will they change their mind? There are many reasons real estate deals fall through, but with a little knowledge and insight, you can increase the chances that your contract leads to a successful closing. Many variables […]

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Home-Buying Timeline: 5 Steps All First-Time Home Buyers Should Take

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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How to Save for a House: 10 Essential Tips

Homeownership is not only a real estate investment but an investment in your life long-term. Saving a large sum of cash can seem impossible at the start. However, knowing and planning for how to save for a house will help you reach your dream home goals.

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How to Stage Kid’s Rooms when Selling your Home

If you’re in the home buying or selling market and you have children, one of your main priorities is the home environment of your children. Similarly to the master bedroom for us, your kid’s rooms is where they will spend much of their time growing, learning, studying, and relaxing. When trying to sell your home, […]

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Financial Literacy: Teaching Kids How To Buy A Home

Homeownership has become a hard-to-reach goal for many young adults. The rising costs of houses coupled with high student loan debt mean some young people don’t have the same buying power as their parents did. And with COVID-19 continuing to disrupt our economy, it could make it even harder for young adults to save money moving forward.

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Questions to Ask When Touring a House or Apartment Virtually

Even though virtual apartment tours were popular among long-distance movers before the pandemic, there has been a huge uptick in virtual tours of apartments and homes due to the spread of COVID-19. For now, it’s much safer to take a virtual apartment tour instead of physically going to several different locations to look at them […]

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Expert Advice on Home Staging for Selling

Staging your home for sellingYou may have heard a lot about home staging, and are wondering if it’s something you should do when you’re…

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How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs

Most residential real estate contracts today include a clause that gives the buyer a chance to hire a home inspector before closing the deal. A home inspector is a licensed professional who will evaluate the subject property from top-to-bottom and identify any parts of the home that are out of code, or in need of repair or replacement.

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How to Prepare For a Home Inspection in 6 Easy Steps

Hiring a home inspector is a must for any buyer before they sign contracts or make deals. The typical real estate contract includes a contingency clause that permits the buyer to back out of the deal without losing their earnest money if, for any reason, the home inspection uncovers problems. Buyers can also choose to renegotiate the terms of the contract based on the findings of the home inspection. That’s why, as a seller, it’s essential to learn how to pass a home inspection so that the closing process can go off without a hitch.

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Buying a Mobile Home: Everything You Need to Know

In some ways, buying a mobile home is just like buying a house, with a few key differences. For example, do you buy a mobile home and land parcels together? Or will you be buying a trailer home only and placing it on land you own or lease? These factors are important to take into […]

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