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Homes come in different shapes and sizes, as well as ages. Here's how to figure out if you should buy a new or old home.

Brand new construction or an old classic house — which is best for you? The thought of being the first to live in a new home can be enough to sway many towards the first option, but there are also many who believe they simply don't make homes like they used to.

The truth is, there isn't a right or wrong answer. Both new homes and old homes can be perfectly viable options and solid investments. However, our real estate agents believe it's important to consider the pros and cons of both before you make your decision. Here are some important factors to consider:

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Buying a home is exciting, but you want to make sure you choose the best one for you. Here's what you should do before making any offers.

When you finally find the perfect home, it can be hard to hold back your excitement. Shoppers often want to act fast and submit an offer as soon as possible. However, before rushing into things, remember buying a home is a big decision and one of the largest purchases you'll ever make. It's important to take a step back, do your research, and evaluate all the property facts.

When our clients finally find the right home, our real estate agents always encourage them to take these steps before submitting an offer:

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If you're buying your first home, you want the process to go smoothly. Here's how you can ensure a trouble-free purchase.

Diving into the real estate market for the first time can be fraught with uncertainty. From deciding where to live to negotiating a contract, there are many big decisions to make, and it can be easy to make mistakes along the way.

According to our real estate agents, the best way to prevent mistakes is to do your research and work with a qualified expert. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see first-time home buyers make:

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Saving up to buy a home? Here's how much you'll need to secure your dream home.

Buying a home is one of life's largest expenses. If you're a first-time buyer, it can be challenging to determine exactly how much you need to save before making a purchase. Closing on a home involves many different payments, fees, and taxes. Keeping it all straight, let alone coming up with accurate estimates, can be difficult, to say the least.

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If you're buying your first home, you definitely want to avoid any holdups. Here's how you can make your buying journey go smoothly.

Buying your first home is a major milestone, but in today's market, it can often feel like the cards are stacked against you. Rising interest rates, high prices, and low inventory can make purchasing your first home a challenge. But if you're planning to hit the real estate market this year, don't be discouraged. According to our real estate agents, patience and preparation are the keys to successfully buying your first home in 2022. Here are some tips we often share with our clients:

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EAST MEADOW, NY, Dec 20, 2013-Perhaps you're several years away from buying a home. However, whether you plan to make a move in one year, or five, there are steps you should be taking now to get ready for homeownership on the horizon. Gather good credit – "From gaining credit to keeping a close eye on it, credit is a huge deal when it comes to applying for a mortgage," notes Michael Litzner, Broker of Century 21 American Homes.Things like credit cards, car payments, student loans and even phone bills can establish credit, so you may already be well on your way. If you haven't built up credit yet, don't worry. Open a line of credit and use only what you can pay off each "Another way to establish credit and prove you're a responsible potential homeowner is to have your current home rental-if you have one-in your name," suggests Litzner. This works for utilities like electric and even cable, as well.   Save – From down payments to closing costs, purchasing a home is a pricey process, and that's before you factor in any needed repairs and that new dining room set. "Don't count on that check your parents promised you for your first home," says Litzner. "Lenders look at how long funds have been in your account when considering you for a mortgage, so be sure to start saving now." Set up an automatic transfer that saves a little of your monthly paycheck to bolster your savings account. Educate – No matter how financially prepared you may be for your first home, hunting for and buying a home is still a lengthy and often arduous process. Start researching the mortgage process now so that by the time you're ready to make a move, you have a wealth of knowledge, and resources. For more information on obtaining a mortgage, please contact Century 21 American Homes  1-800-270-6318. Century 21 American Homes is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerages serving Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn. To find out more about an exciting career in real estate contact us at

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