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house hunting

Once you decide to buy a home, the first thing you (understandably) want to do is pop into open houses and fantasize about your new life in your new digs.

It is a crucial part of the process. But jumping straight into the deep end could land you in trouble—both financially and emotionally.

Here are some things real estate pros recommend the things you should do before you ever set foot in a home.

Read more: 7 Things House Hunters Should Do Before Even Setting Foot in a Home

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I have been distributing food collection bags through Rolando Village, looking for Non-perishable Food only, PLEASE! All of the donated food will be delivered to the San Diego Food Bank before December 13th.

Most Needed Food Items Are:

  • canned meats
  • peanut butter
  • canned vegetables
  • pasta, rice
  • canned fruits
  • cereal, oatmeal

Beginning December 1st, Text Your Address To (619) 261-5895 and I will pick up your donation.

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Buying a home is a lot like running a race: Once a listing goes live, buyers have to sprint off the starting block before throngs of other buyers start bidding. Talk about stressful!

What if there were a way to buy a house before it's officially on the market? Well, there is—and it can help you snag your dream house long before your competition even knows it exists. Want to get ahead of the curve? Here are some secrets for beating the crowds.

Read more: How to Buy a House Before It Officially Hits the Market

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Summer is peak season for home selling—but also for barbecues, vacations, and long, lazy beach days. In other words, there are lots of things to distract even the most diligent would-be buyers. And that’s not even counting those dog days when it’s too hot to even venture out to view homes.

But for home sellers who are eager to drum up an offer before Labor Day, having their sale sidelined isn't an option. And luckily, there's plenty you can do to lure buyers through your door. Check out these five smart tips for getting buyers to brave the heat and squeeze your house into their summer schedule.

Read more: 5 Home-Selling Tactics That Sizzle During Summer

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Which real estate documents should you keep after buying a home? After all, you don't want to have to file all of it if you don't have to; but you also don't want to chuck something crucial. Your closing company is required by law to keep a record of your closing documents, so that's a good fallback in case you misplace yours. Still, it's smart for you to keep important documents on hand—particularly if, later on, you need to file a claim against the seller or your professional representation team (i.e., your real estate agent, home inspector, or mortgage lender). Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, but it’s wise to be prepared.

So, of the hundreds of documents you’ll encounter during the home-buying process, here are the ones you should keep—and why.

Read more: 8 Real Estate Documents to Keep—and What Happens If You Don't

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