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Buying in 2018? 7 Steps to Take Now

With some careful prep work in the next few months, your family could be in a new home by summer.

Now is the time to get things in order for a home search next year.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2018, November and December are the perfect time to “warm up” for the house hunt so you can hit the ground running in the new year. And whether you’re looking in Athens, GA, or Athens, NY, the prep work is relatively the same.

We’ve asked real estate and mortgage professionals to chime in about what prospective homebuyers should do to ready themselves for buying a home. From organizing your finances to save money to finding a real estate agent and mortgage lender, there is plenty to keep you busy!

Your Essential Moving Checklist

Map out everything you need to do, week by week, until the big day.

When it comes to moving, proper organization is the defining difference between ultimate success and complete failure.

Even if you’re already an excellent organizer, you might still feel overwhelmed by the number of relocation-related tasks you have to complete before moving day — unless you find a way to bring order to the chaos.

Here’s a moving timeline that will do the trick. It will help you organize your time, prioritize your tasks, track your progress, and reduce moving stress. What’s more, you’ll never forget anything important, because your week-by-week moving checklist will remind you of what to do every single day until moving day.

9 Necessary Things To Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

Plan a party right away, plus more expert tips that might surprise you. You’ve signed and initialed on all the dotted lines. The house is yours — no more landlords or leases. Enjoy it. Revel in it. Even spend a night in your new, empty home on an air mattress with a box of pizza before things start to get real (it’s a memory you might appreciate down the road). But when the house honeymoon’s over, there’s work to be done, and certain things belong on a “the sooner the better” list. These nine expert tips offering guidance on what to do before you move into your new home just might surprise you.

What To Do When Your Market Has Low Or No Inventory

When homes get multiple offers just hours after being listed, you know you’re in a challenging market. Here’s how you can stay competitive.

It's getting harder to find starter homes for sale. But if you know some tricks of the trade, it’s still possible to find — and buy — the perfect one for you.

Once you’ve taken all the steps to prepare for buying a home, you’re ready to begin the house hunt. But what happens when you’re out scouting neighborhoods — in person and on Trulia — and you realize there’s not much to look at? Finding few options, or maybe even nothing for sale in your price range is increasingly common for many homebuyers. The number of homes available to first-time homebuyers has dropped 12.1% since 2012. But hang in there. You can buy a starter home, even if your market has low housing inventory. Here are some tactics you can employ right away.

Granite Vs. Quartz: Is One Really Better Than The Other?

We break down the two most controversial countertop materials.

There are few design elements that spark heated debate and divide homeowners as much as granite and quartz. Don’t believe me? Tune into any episode of House Hunters and you’ll likely hear the prospective buyer/renter wax poetic about their preferred countertop material and shun the other vehemently. But is one really better than the other or is it merely a matter of aesthetics?