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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 Up-and-Coming Neighborhood?


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How do we find an up-and-coming neighborhood?


You should work with a real estate agent -- it's part of an agent's job to stay in the know -- but you can also do some research on your own. Snoop around to see if homeowners are remodeling because this is a sign that they’re invested in the community and want to increase property values. Also, look for hip new restaurants (read the paper for reviews), art galleries, and coffee shops. Nothing in sight? If there’s a town you like but don’t know if it will make “up-and-coming” status, head to a town meeting -- it sounds tedious, but it’s a great way to find out if new shops and/or developments are on the horizon.

-- The Nest Editors

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