How to protect yourself in a real estate transaction

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It's no wonder that buying or selling a home ranks high on the list of the most stress-provoking events one can experience, up there with the death of a loved one and divorce. There's a lot at stake financially when you buy or sell a home. A good or bad outcome can affect your net worth, as well as your sense well being. There are a lot of factors involved in buying or selling a home that are beyond your control. For example, interest rates could jump unexpectedly, or an inspector might uncover a defect that you were unaware of. However, there are steps you can take to maximize your chances for a successful real estate endeavor. The first step is to hire the right professionals to help you accomplish your goal. If you don't already have a real estate agent, mortgage broker and closing agent that you've worked with successfully before, ask friends and associates for recommendations. Take the time to interview each referral carefully to make sure that there's a good fit. Make sure to c...