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Ready to find your first home, or in the market for an upgrade? You’re on the right track -- we’ve got plenty of real estate advice for how to handle the house hunt, manage your mortgage, and how to tackle new home to-do’s. Our easy-to-use tools and helpful tips will help ease your way into a new place. Looking for a place to live forever, or an opportunity for real estate investing? Search thousands of listings near you with our home finder tool. Once you spot a few you like, browse our local pages to find a real estate agent who can help make your home-owning dreams a reality. Want even more help than that? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the basics of buying your first home. Use our mortgage calculator to find out how much house you can really afford. We can help you sort out the pros and cons of condos and co-ops versus houses. Learn what all those real estate terms really mean, and how to find the best interest rate on your mortgage. There’s advice and tips for every step of the way, from hitting open houses to making an offer. You can also find tips on selling your home and on real estate investing. And when you need a pick-me-up or a space to vent, you can chat with other Nesties and share real estate advice, tales from the house hunt, and more. From your first phone calls to putting up the sold sign, we’re here for you!

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Q&A: What if We Can't Agree on a Home?

My husband and I are thinking of buying, but we can't agree on what kind of house we both like. What can we do?

He wants to live smack in the middle of the city; she's hoping for the greener pastures of the suburbs. He doesn't mind driving an hour to work; she'd rather be within walking distance. He wants to live near a great school system; she plans on moving again before the kids are in school. The list of potential disagreements is endless!
Make a list of the top five priorities each of you wants, considering location, house size, house condition, and how long you plan to live there. Roughly half of homeowners move again within eight years of buying a home. With this in mind, each of you might be able to budge a little on your list, considering this first purchase might be more of an investment than a dream home.

Talk over each point to see if there are areas where either of you can give a little. Things like house size and taxes will be easy to figure out by tallying what you can afford. But thoughts about location and other investment possibilities might mean discussing long-term plans for family and finances. It also can't hurt to talk to friends who've recently made big moves, and ask if they have any tips or even regrets. Still can't agree? Go to open houses that fit the criteria on each of your lists, and see what happens. It might just take a beautiful abode to sway your mate your way, or vice-versa.

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-- Sarah Hartley

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