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From: Investors Business Daily
By: Paul Katzeff

Many people believe that renting is less expensive than owning a house. But it turns out it's actually cheaper to pay a monthly mortgage than rent in 42 states. Renting is a better bargain financially in just eight states plus the District of Columbia, according to the personal finance website GOBankingRates.com.

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From: Zillow

If the thought of negotiating the price on a new car makes you nervous, the idea of negotiating for your new home may give you hives. But unless you’ve decided to go it alone, you have a partner in the home-buying process: your real estate agent. Your agent will handle all the face-to-face negotiating as well as help you determine the best price and other elements of your offer.

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From: NerdWallet
By: Hal M. Bundrick

The down payment. Cue the dramatic, fear-filled suspense music. Yeah, it’s scary. Coming up with enough cash to put down when buying a house is the single biggest roadblock for most hopeful homebuyers. But how much do you really need?

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From: RealtorNews

Are your home shoppers desperately trying to find “the one?” Finding the perfect housing match can be like finding the perfect mate. For some Americans, this year’s Valentine may come in the form of a home, filled with shiny new fixtures and a great first impression. But that search isn’t always easy.
1. You need to have trust.
Americans seem to think they have a better chance at finding love than finding the perfect home. Fifty-two percent of home buyers believe they will find their dream home compared to 73 percent of Americans who believe they will find true love. While competition in the housing market is intense right now, home buyers shouldn’t get disheartened.

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From: The Balance

By: Elizabeth Weintraub

It's not uncommon for a first-time home buyer to say to me, "Gosh, just last week I called you about buying a home and now I'm in escrow! How did this happen so fast?"
The answer is it didn't. First-time home buyers start the search long before most even realize it.
The National Association of Realtors reported in 2016 that 34% of all home buyers were first-time home buyers. That's the highest percentage share reported in four years.
Here's what you can expect from your home shopping experience.

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