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3 things real estate buyers must stay focused on

Commentary: 'Location does not trump livability'

Purchasing a house can be the most nerve-wracking experience (right next to birthing a child) for a first-time buyer. So many expectations become attached to the decision that it can easily turn a pleasant couple into two head-spinning bundles of anxiety. Questions begin with, "Can I afford the home?" and move quickly down the rabbit hole:"Am I ready for the responsibility of maintaining a home of my own?""How powerful is the garbage disposal?""Do I love this neighborhood?""Does the neighbor always keep his garbage can there?""Are the schools in this district good?""Where's the bus stop?""Can I imagine cooking Thanksgiving dinner right here in this kitchen?""Where would we start the buffet line?"Every detail becomes important -- from the shape of the tile in the shower to the height of the backyard fence. So it is that dealing with first-time, head-spinning buyers can sometimes take you t...

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