What I Wish I Had Known: You Really Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover

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Real Estate Agent with Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD Maryland #318884

First-time home buyers are in a unique situation... Basically, you don't really know what you're doing. Yes - you can do all the research online and read tons of great blog posts about buying your first home but what you really need is advice from someone in your situation who recently purchased their first home. So now we bring you What I Wish I Had Known - Tips From Someone Who's Been There - tidbits from a friend of EMA Real Estate who would like to share what she wishes she had known. And, when you are ready for professional assistance, just let me know - I'm here to help!

 

What I Wish I Had Known #2: You Really Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover

When we went out looking at houses, we found so many that we thought we LOVED! But when you look at houses for your first buy, you don't know what you're looking at. I mean, a house is a house, right?

What I wish I had known was that there are things about a house you NEED to know to look for! Now, I'm not talking about dirt under the carpets or gutters that need a good cleaning (although you really should check for those things as well). I'm talking about things like moldtermitesbed bugs, and gas leaks. Doesn't just hearing those words make your skin crawl and your heart beat a tiny bit faster? 

Do yourself a favor... Have your real estate agent (you have one now, right??) refer you to a reputable house inspector. Let that person do a thorough once over on the house of your dreams. That way, you'll know there are other critters planning to live with you before you move in.

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Emcee Arah 
RE/MAX Excellence Realtor with Architectural Dimension

Serving all your Real Estate needs in MD, VA & Wash., DC

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Sham Reddy CRS
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Great tips! 

Have your real estate agent refer you to a reputable Home Inspector. Let that person do a thorough once over on the house of your dreams. That way, you'll know there are other critters planning to live with you before you move in.

May 29, 2019 05:39 PM #1
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great advice how strange we have not connected before.... different times being on the platform? I saw you comment on one of the members post and I thought that was kind of you, Endre

May 29, 2019 11:36 PM #2
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I totally agree with having an inspector check out a home a buyer is interested in. There are so many things they are trained to look for, that a buyer might not know about.

May 30, 2019 03:30 AM #3
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