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Advice for first time home buyers

Advice for first time home buyers Dear Phyllis, I have been back and forth about buying a home for the last three years. Each time I make an offer on a home, someone else’s offer is better, it’s either cash or they offered more mo...

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Inspection Repairs and Credits

Inspection, repairs and credits - what is reasonable? Dear Phyllis, We submitted an offer on a home we really like. There were several offers and our Realtors® recommended that we didn’t attempt to negotiate the asking price and ac...

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As is home sales

As is home sales Dear Phyllis, We just opened escrow on a home and had our inspector out. There are numerous things wrong with the house. Many will cost a lot of money to fix. The plumbing is galvanized, the roof is near the end of its life...

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What is the Role of a Buyer’s Real Estate Agent

We listed a sweet Highland Park home and received twenty seven offers.  As the Harb and Co. Team typically does, we held it open on Saturday and Sunday.  Only a handful of the potential home buyers viewed this home with their real estate agen...

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How to get your offer accepted

How to get your offer accepted Dear Phyllis, After looking at homes for nearly a year, and making four offers I can’t seem to get a home. I am not low balling, but making good offers, have a large down payment and am pre-approved. A...

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Are pre-approvals that important?

Dear Phyllis, Out of the blue, I went to an open house over the weekend, and really liked the home. I phoned my Realtor® and told her I wanted to make an offer. She told me I can’t make an offer without a preapproval letter from a len...

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Must the buyer attend the final walk through?

Must the buyer attend the final walk through? Dear Phyllis, I recently purchased a home.  By the end of the process and for a variety of reasons I just didn’t want to have to meet the seller again. Although he knew I didn’t want ...

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Timing the Final Walk Through

Timing the Final Walk Through Dear Phyllis, After a long search, we finally found the home of our dreams and are under contract to buy it. One thing that really doesn’t make sense is the final walk through. Our Realtor® explained t...

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