Preparing to Buy

Feel empowered to buy your dream home with advice and tips from our top local real estate agents.

Can You Find a Home Before It Hits the Market?
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Can You Find a Home Before It Hits the Market?

Homes that don’t hit the market — known as “pocket listings” — can be a good option for buyers and sellers for many reasons.

How Do Evictions Affect Your Credit Report?
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How Do Evictions Affect Your Credit Report?

If you've been evicted, your credit report has likely taken a hit. Here's how to approach fixing your credit before you make a big purchase like buying a house.

Is The Housing Market Cooling Off? Fall 2021 Update
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Is The Housing Market Cooling Off? Fall 2021 Update

Many real estate experts expect the record-setting housing market of the past year to slow down this fall, but it's still expected to be highly competitive.

You Bought a House and Then Found a Problem. Now What?
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You Bought a House and Then Found a Problem. Now What?

Who’s responsible for the necessary repairs if you find problems with a house after buying it?

What You Need to Know About Buying a House From, or For, Family
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What You Need to Know About Buying a House From, or For, Family

Learn about buying a home from your family or for them, or how doing so can help you avoid competition and make closing easier.

Condo, Townhouse, Single-Family Home, Mansion: What's the Difference?
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Condo, Townhouse, Single-Family Home, Mansion: What's the Difference?

Not all houses are the same: Let's look at some of the most common home types you’ll come across when you search for a new property to buy.

What to Consider When Buying a House With a Partner, a Friend, or Family
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What to Consider When Buying a House With a Partner, a Friend, or Family

Want to buy a house with a friend, partner, or members of your family? Make sure you consider all the financial and legal responsibilities.

How Much Money Should You Save Before Buying a House?
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How Much Money Should You Save Before Buying a House?

“As much as you can” isn’t really an answer, but it’s not bad advice either.

What is an Easement in Real Estate?
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What is an Easement in Real Estate?

An easement gives someone access to your property. In some cases, they can be a nuisance, but overall, easements shouldn’t give you much cause for concern.

Did Someone Die In Your House? Here's How to Find Out
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Did Someone Die In Your House? Here's How to Find Out

While hunting for a new home, you may be curious whether recent previous residents met an untimely end. Here's how to find out whether that's the case.

What Do People Want In a Home? Here’s What Our Home Match Quiz Says
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What Do People Want In a Home? Here’s What Our Home Match Quiz Says

What do people really want when searching for a home? The results of our Home Match quiz breaks down people's preferences across markets.

7 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Market
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7 Tips for Buying a Home in a Hot Market

Real estate agents across the country share their tips for winning the home of your dreams.

How Much Does an Acre of Land Cost?
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How Much Does an Acre of Land Cost?

Not surprisingly, land in rural, suburban, and urban areas will have different price points. Here's what you need to know.

Can You Refuse to Join an HOA?
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Can You Refuse to Join an HOA?

It's possible to avoid an HOA, though those situations are rare and hard-fought. Plus, the fight might not be worth it. Learn more about refusing to join HOAs.

The Complete House Hunting Checklist for Buyers
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The Complete House Hunting Checklist for Buyers

We’ve made a house hunting checklist to help you remember all the important details you need to look out for while home shopping.

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?
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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?

Let's talk about how to decide if now is a good time to buy a house.

7 Tips For Buying a House in a Different State
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7 Tips For Buying a House in a Different State

Looking to buy a house in a different state before you move? Follow these tips and make moving to a new state or city easier.

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?
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How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

It typically takes around six months from start to finish to buy a house -- but the exact timeline is different for everyone and depends on a few key factors.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in 2021
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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in 2021

Read on to learn the nine steps to buying a home in 2021, including financial requirements and tips for making a competitive offer.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in Texas
Texas
The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in Texas

Read on to learn the nine steps to buying a home in Texas, including financial requirements and tips for making a competitive offer.

2021 Guide to the Best Places to Live in the Triangle
Raleigh-Durham
2021 Guide to the Best Places to Live in the Triangle

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Raleigh-Durham based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

2021 Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte
Charlotte
2021 Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Charlotte based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?
Offers & Negotiation
How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?

A home appraisal happens after you make an offer on a home. To help you prepare, we share how long an appraisal takes and what factors the appraiser reviews.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home
Buying a New Construction Home
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home

Buying a new home is very different than buying an existing one. We explain the 8 major steps of the new construction buying process and what questions to ask.

2021 Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Live in Houston
Houston
2021 Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Live in Houston

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Houston based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

How to Buy and Sell a Home During the Coronavirus
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How to Buy and Sell a Home During the Coronavirus

Find information and answers to common questions on how to buy or sell a home during the coronavirus.

Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
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Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you were hoping to buy or sell a home this year, you might be second-guessing things now. Here's why this could still be a good time to buy or sell a house.

Tips for Buying a House in Texas
Texas
Tips for Buying a House in Texas

Whether you are ready to buy a house now or in the early stages of consideration, here are some tips and tricks for buying a home in Texas.

What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know
Glossary
What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Wondering exactly what an open house in real estate is? This post walks buyers and sellers through everything they need to know to make the most of open houses.

What is a Proof of Funds Letter?
Mortgage & Financing
What is a Proof of Funds Letter?

It’s no secret that buying a home requires quite a bit of paperwork. Here is a break down of what a Proof of Funds Letter is and what counts as Proof of Funds.

5 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House
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5 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House

Here are 5 essential questions to ask when buying a house. Make sure to get all of the home buying questions answered before you sign on the dotted line!

Renting vs Buying a Home
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Renting vs Buying a Home

The decision of renting a home vs buying a home involves everything from your finances to lifestyle to career plans. Here are some reasons you should consider.

How to Buy a House in 7 Steps
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How to Buy a House in 7 Steps

Ready to become a homeowner but not sure where to start? Here's an overview of how to buy a house so you can approach the home buying journey with confidence.