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We work with a lot of buyers every month. When they walk through houses, discuss their desires and finally take the plunge, we're right there beside them, trying to help however we can. 

That means we're often talking buyers out of the same mistakes over and over again.

Buying a new home is a complicated process, with huge stakes on the line – and most people only do it a couple of times in their life. So, it's no wonder the same mistakes keep creeping up. To help you avoid the most common mistakes, we've created a list of easy-to-avoid slip-ups that will make the buying process (and the living afterward) much nicer.

The six most common buyer mistakes

Not getting pre-approved

This is a recipe for heartbreak. Not only will it make the…

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When you're getting ready to sell your home, it's easy to overlook small problems. You know there's a lightbulb burnt out in the entryway, but that won't stop someone from buying, right?

Honestly, probably not. But it's surprising how quickly those little details, those simple fixes, can pile up. And, that pile-up can cause extra friction in the buying process, which, as a seller, you want to minimize.

That all-important first impression

Put yourself in the shoes of a home buyer. You roll up to what could be your new home – which is the right size and has the right number of bedrooms  – but the lawn is overgrown and the paint on the front door is dull and pealing.

Already, you probably want to move on to see the next home on the list of…

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Let’s start by getting this out of the way: yes, we do make money from people buying their homes, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to tell you to buy every single time.

Let's start by getting this out of the way: yes, we do make money from people buying homes, but that doesn't mean we're going to tell you to buy every, single time.

In fact, despite the oft-repeated line 'renting is just throwing your money away', buying isn't suited for every family or lifestyle.

So, with that taken care of, let's walk through the reasons you might decide to keep on renting, or start to look for a home of your own.

What does your timeline look like for buying a home

Buying is always about the long game.

Though the housing market consistently trends…

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I love to sit down with you guys over coffee to listen to what you want and need from a new home. It’s this personal connection and conversation that inspires me every day! But I realize that sometimes you don’t have time for meetings at Jonny Bean, Bread Milk and Honey and the like, so that’s why I’ve been working with an amazing team of developers to create our new website!

 

So, let me give you a quick walkthrough of the new site (there’s my real estate side coming out) so you can make the most of it when you don’t have the time for a coffee.

 

1)    User-friendly: It’s YOU(ser) (sorry, couldn’t help myself) friendly! With so different people shopping for houses online, we needed to provide a site that’s easy as 1-2-3 to navigate in…

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