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househill_sellingpix_450In a perfect world, every buyer could afford the house of their dreams in a neighborhood they adore. In reality, most buyers need to compromise on something when they buy a home, particularly their first home.

A REALTOR® can give you expert advice on home values and often can show you homes in communities that you didn’t know about or that you hadn’t considered. In the end, though, you need to set your priorities so you can decide which home to buy.

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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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houserainbow_anthonycz_450homes.yahoo.com - From the beginning of your home search through closing escrow, there’s an awful lot to think about and do. It’s not unusual to make a mistake along the way. But with the financial stakes so high, a false move can end up costing you a lot of money.

Here are five common home buyer mistakes, with tips on how to avoid them.

1.  You expect to get the price down after making an offer  2.  You wait until the eleventh hour to ask for credits 3.  You chase a deal at all costs  4.  You think you can do it all yourself  5.  You don’t think like a seller

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The home buying season shifted into high gear last month as inventory and home list prices on realtor.com® increased by 4.12 percent and 2.63 percent, month over month, respectively. As of April, homes are on the market nationwide approximately 81 days—a decrease of nearly 11 percent since April 2012—highlighting that while new homes are entering the market they are not available for long.

Despite the increase in inventory month over month, nationwide inventory declined year over year in all but 11 of the 146 markets realtor.com® monitors. Approximately 36 markets registered a decrease of listings by 20 percent or more, still highlighting near records lows of available homes.

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realestate.aol.com - First comes love ... then comes a house ... then comes marriage. Getting hitched may not be the ultimate sign of commitment these days as more and more couples opt to buy a house together before walking down the aisle, new research shows. Nearly 1 in 4 married couples ages 18 to 34 purchased a home together before getting married, according to a recent Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey released this week. That compares to just 14 percent of married couples ages 45 and older.

It's not that these young couples are less committed by putting the purchase of a house before a wedding. According to the Coldwell Banker survey, 80 percent of all married couples who bought a home together at any stage of their relationship said that purchase

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  • #1 Built-in Aquariums
  • #2 Built-in Electronics
  • #3 Eliminating a 3rd or 4th Bedroom
  • #4 Over-improving the basement
  • #5 Expansive outdoor living space out of Sync with the climate

It can be a balancing act to polish to the point of perfect return, especially if you expect to sell the house soon. Consider putting in one moderately priced focal point improvement that can make the room memorable. For example, one — just one — built-in specialty appliance in the kitchen can be a selling point. That appliance might be a warming drawer, a wine cooler or a five-burner stove with a griddle instead of the standard four-burner stove. Even then, calculate your payback in terms of a shorter selling time, not in terms of dollar return. - zillow.com

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homes.yahoo.com - It’s been said over and over and over: House hunting is like dating. A buyer sees a series of homes, much like going on dates, before finding “the one” and settling down, or purchasing.

How will you know when you’ve found “the one,” and how can you determine when it’s time to move on?  It’s important to keep your eye on the prize. “The one” doesn’t show up overnight. Much like dating, house hunting is an evolution. A buyer needs to see many houses, learn about the market and maybe even have a heartbreak or two. All of these experiences will inform the buyer and provide serious context when “the one” presents itself.

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usatoday.com - The average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages inched down toward its record low this week, helping to keep home buying affordable.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan dipped to 3.38% from 3.40% last week. It's slightly above the 3.31% rate reached in November, lowest on records dating to 1971.

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realestate.aol.com - A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.

Core Logic also said Tuesday that prices declined 0.2 percent in October from September, the second drop after six straight monthly increases. The monthly figures are not seasonally adjusted. The real estate data provider says the decline reflects the end of the summer home-buying season.

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foxnews.com - As a first-time real estate buyer, you probably have no idea how the overall purchasing process works or how to make sure you’re making a smart decision to purchase. And you’ll probably be very surprised to learn how much work it really is just to buy a home. To get you started in the right direction, and this is just a start, here are a few tips that you should consider.

Get lender-qualified and find a good real estate agent

To start off, you should get qualified by a lender to see what price range you can realistically afford and interview some real estate agents to find the right person to represent you in your transaction.

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