Your real estate agent is there to guide you through the home-buying and selling process and help you find the perfect home or get the best deal for your current home. However, if you don’t prepare before hiring a real estate agent, you won’t make the most of your real estate experience. Before you pick up the phone to call a real estate agent, here’s what you need to do.

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Guest article by Christine Wilke

The lazy days of summer are over and crazy-busy fall is upon us.

Job commitments, soccer practices, back to school night all clamor for attention. Life becomes a whirlwind of to-do’s.

But where does your marriage fit into all of this? Is it even on the calendar?

With all these other commitments competing for attention, it’s easy for your relationship to morph into those “two ships,” passing in the night. You begin to feel like roommates instead of the loving partners you once were.
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Buying your first home as a couple is an exciting time. It’s also full of stress. Stress that could potentially put a damper on an otherwise perfect relationship. But if you take the time to think things through and are willing to compromise, you can make it out of the home buying process unscathed. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Determine your priorities. You and your spouse or partner are two completely different people, even if you typically operate as one. While you will eventually put on a unified front, it’s important that you each create a list of priorities separately when it comes to your new home. Once these lists are compiled, you can cross reference to determine the top features you both agree on. Money Crashers notes that things to consider include distance from shopping and work, the amount of home maintenance needed, and whether or not you are seeking a single or multi-level home.
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