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Monday, June 15, 2015   /   by Melissa Owen

HGTV's 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home - Secret #3

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips.


Buying Secret #3: Give Your House a Physical
Would you buy a car without checking under the hood? Of course you wouldn’t. Hire a home inspector. It’ll cost about $200 but could end up saving you thousands. A home inspector’s sole responsibility is to provide you with information so that you can make a decision as to whether or not to buy. It’s really the only way to get an unbiased third-party opinion. If the inspector does find any issues with the home, you can use it as a bargaining tool for lowering the price of the home. It’s better to spend the money up front on an inspector than to find out later you have to spend a fortune.

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Monday, June 8, 2015   /   by Melissa Owen

HGTV's 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home - Secret #4

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips.


Buying Secret #4: You’re Buying a House – Not Dating It
Buying a house based on emotions is just going to break your heart. If you fall in love with something, you might end up making some pretty bad financial decisions. There’s a big difference between your emotions and your instincts. Going with your instincts means that you recognize that you’re getting a great house for a good value. Going with your emotions is being obsessed with the paint color or the backyard. It’s an investment, so stay calm and be wise.

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Monday, June 1, 2015   /   by Melissa Owen

HGTV's 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home - Secret #5

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips.


Buying Secret #5: Avoid Sleeper Costs
The difference between renting and home ownership is the sleeper costs. Most people just focus on their mortgage payment, but they also need to be aware of the other expenses such as property taxes, utilities and homeowner-association dues. New homeowners also need to be prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance and potential property-tax increases. Make sure you budget for sleeper costs so you’ll be covered and won’t risk losing your house.

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Monday, May 25, 2015   /   by Melissa Owen

HGTV's 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home - Secret #6

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips.


Buying Secret # 6: Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Everyone’s drawn to the biggest, most beautiful house on the block. But bigger is usually not better when it comes to houses. There’s an old adage in real estate that says don’t buy the biggest, best house on the block. The largest house only appeals to a very small audience and you never want to limit potential buyers when you go to re-sell. Your home is only going to go up in value as much as the other houses around you. If you pay $500,000 for a home and your neighbors pay $250,000 to $300,000, your appreciation is going to be limited. Sometimes it is best to is buy the worst house on the block, because the worst house per square foot always trades for more than the biggest house.

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Monday, May 18, 2015   /   by Melissa Owen

HGTV's 10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home - Secret #7

10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Get the most out of your money with these handy home-buying tips.


Buying Secret # 7: Don’t Try to Time the Market
Don’t obsess with trying to time the market and figure out when is the best time to buy. Trying to anticipate the housing market is impossible. The best time to buy is when you find your perfect house and you can afford it. Real estate is cyclical, it goes up and it goes down and it goes back up again. So, if you try to wait for the perfect time, you’re probably going to miss out.

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