Thinking about buying first property. Where should I start? Location/$$/agent/what else? Thoughts?

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Start with getting pre-approved so you know your "safe" budget and your "stretch" budget. I.e. What you can afford on one income vs. both. The lender can recommend agents.


I used Redfin to buy in Charlotte. Really great if you like picking out houses you like yourself (very easy to do on their site). The realtor was awesome, they have a huge network of lenders, lawyers, inspectors, etc. And a week after I closed I got a check for a little over 1% of the purchase price bc they refund part of their commission.


Residential or investment? And where do you live/want to live?

Residential. Boston.

Redfin is definitely the way to go! Father picked off a couple investment homes after the recession that we found on Redfin.

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