Video transcript: Homebuyer tips

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Lessons from first-time homebuyers

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Joe, homebuyer

Joe:

It's definitely alright to be picky in the home buying process, I mean, this is something where you really should nitpick everything you possibly can. You need to look at the positives and negatives of the home that you might end up in, because you are going to live with those.

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Tim & Kate, homebuyers

Tim:

That surprised us too, because we did not think we needed to start looking six months in advance, until we went to an open house and were fortunate enough to kind of be pushed in that direction, well, you need to start looking because it's going to take a month to close. It's going to take a month to do this, gonna take a month to do that.

Kate:

The lesson there is give yourself as much time as you can. Because then that makes it so that you're patient throughout the process, so you don't feel pressure at the end.

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Ronald & Tiana, homebuyers

Tiana:

It's kind of easy to get down and out and frustrated, because there's times when you think that it's exactly what you want, and then you don't get it for whatever reason, they don't take your offer or they don't even
get back with you, or tell you one way or the other why they don't take it. But you have to remember the end result. Why are you doing this, is it because you really want to give your kids a backyard? Is it because you really want to start earning equity in something that's your own? Do you want to start saving money, for me.

Kate:

They all say, oh when you see it you'll know, you'll walk in and you'll know. And after about 30 houses you're like, that's not going to happen! [laughter] That is a load of crap, that's not going to happen. And then it does. It's nice to know that they were actually meaning that, and that it will happen.

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