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houseinfingers_lehui_450zillow.com - If you’ve been out there house hunting, you’re likely aware of the many challenges and obstacles that come with the territory. A major factor driving this fiercely competitive market is the lack of for-sale inventory, especially in the lower end.

Want to have the upper hand? Here are some ways to gain that competitive advantage.

Find properties before everyone else does. Make an all-cash offer.  Write a personal letter.

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goldhouse_buchachon_450money.cnn.com - The number of available houses in the hottest markets has dropped dramatically over the past year, says the National Association of Realtors: In the Boston area, for one, inventory levels are down 29% vs. 2012. And Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco aren't far behind.

"Some homes are flying off the market in a matter of days," says Paul Bishop, VP of research for NAR.

Shopping in a popular spot? You'll have to go beyond the usual sellers' market tactics, such as getting prequalified for a mortgage. These strategies will help you find homes first, stopping a bidding war before it starts.

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goldhouse_buchachon_450homes.yahoo.com - You’ve rented for years and are yearning to buy a home of your own. But how do you know what your house-hunting budget should be?

Good news: With just a little financial information you can actually do those affordability calculations before you officially begin shopping for a mortgage. Here are the top things lenders typically consider when determining how much house you can afford.

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housegreenkeys__anthonycz_450Stephen Hussey, a Boston-area home inspector and real estate agent, sees it too often: home buyers blowing deals because they simply weren’t ready to compete in today’s fiercely competitive housing market.

Up against five or more bidders for the same home, these slow-off-the-mark shoppers did not prepare well, and then blamed themselves or others for not nabbing the dream home that seemed within their grasp

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foxnews.com - Are you finally off the fence and doing a little home shopping? As the market heats up and sellers regain control, here are a couple of trends to consider.

Low mortgage rates:  The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is currently hovering near historic lows, at 3.78 percent.

Slim pickings:  As of February, slightly less than 2 million homes were for sale nationwide. 

Home stalking:  As demand from home buyers grows faster than the supply of homes for sale, many buyers are taking less conventional routes to find their dream home.

Bidding wars:  As many of the nation’s markets heat up, bidding wars are quickly becoming the norm.

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money.cnn.com - It's official: After years of little activity, homebuilders are dusting off their jackhammers.

Last year housing permits hit their highest level since 2008, according to the Census Bureau, and new-home sales grew 20% from the prior year.

An untouched abode offers advantages, of course, such as a sleek modern layout and few repairs. Buying an existing home, however, may allow you to seal the deal faster and can offer better short-term price appreciation.

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