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Ready for a new nest? Whether you’re looking for your very first place, or it’s time for an upgrade, we’ve got guides on renting or buying a home that will help ease you through the process. Start with the basics -- condo, co-op, or house? Our home buying help will give you the pros and cons of every option. After deciding what you want, you’ll need to settle on where to live. Our tips on how to find a home will help you pick the right neighborhood and even tell you how to give it a test drive! If you’ve already narrowed in on a neighborhood, you’ll want a real estate agent, and we’ve got the questions you must ask before you hire one. Once you’re on the house hunt, our Q&A can help you through every step of buying a home. From dealing with agent fees, how much to bid, managing mortgages -- even when it’s smarter to rent. You’ll find home buying help for every sticky situation. In addition to tips on buying a house, we’ve also got advice on selling your old one. Take a peek at our advice on organizing an open house, the dos and don’ts of selling it yourself, and our handy selling your home checklist. Our tips on buying a house will take you right through to the end, from dealing with inspections to making an offer. Once you’re ready to make your move, check out our moving checklist and the first things you should do in your new space. Welcome home!

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Real Estate Q&A: Finding a Compromise?

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We want different things in a house -- how do we compromise?

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So, before you even start the hunt, make a list of the top ten things you each want in a home -- think location, house size and style, its condition, and how long you plan to live there. Then go through your lists and pick five of those ten points that you could be flexible on. Talk over each point together, and you’ll find areas where both of you can give a little. Issues such as house size and taxes will be easy to figure out by calculating what you can afford, but thoughts about location and other investment possibilities might mean having discussions about long-term plans for family and finances. If you still can't decide, agree to visit each type of house either of you is interested in with a totally open mind. It might take visiting a beautiful abode to sway your mate your way.

-- The Nest Editors

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