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Le podemos ayudar en el proceso de selección de casa, al proporcionar información objetiva sobre cada propiedad. Agentes que son REALTORS® tienen acceso a una variedad de recursos informativos. REALTORS® le pueden proporcionar datos de la comunidad local sobre utilidades, zonificación, escuelas y otros. Hay dos cosas que usted querrá saber: En primer lugar, ¿la propiedad proporcionará el entorno para un hogar o inversión? En segundo lugar, ¿tendrá la propiedad valor de reventa cuando la quiera vender?

Podemos ayudarle a negociar. Existen múltiples factores, incluyendo pero no limitando el precio, financiamiento, términos, fecha de posesión y a menudo la inclusión o exclusión de reparaciones y mobiliario o equipo de negociación. El contrato de compraventa debe proporcionar un periodo de tiempo para completar las inspecciones apropiadas y las investigaciones de la propiedad antes de que usted este obligado a completar la compra. Su agente le puede asesorar con investigaciones profesionales e inspecciones recomendadas o requeridas.

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6 Costly Mistakes First-Time House Flippers Make

| Mar 22, 2017

When you’re flipping a house, time is money. And you don’t have time to make a lot of rookie mistakes.

That’s what Steve Cederquist learned when he first began renovating and flipping properties in 1994.


“I bought a house with a bad foundation and lost $30,000 on the deal,” says Cederquist, a general contractor who’s now a veteran house flipper and president of Cornerstone Property Services in Huntington Beach, CA. “I didn’t think I’d have to do much to a 1,200-square-foot house. But it cost me a ton of money.”

No house flipper is born wise. So we talked to several pros who outlined mistakes newbie flippers often make. Avoid these pitfalls to ensure your profits come out on top.

Mistake No. 1: Not getting a home inspection

This one’s a biggie. Even if you plan on making major changes to the house, you still need an inspection. Of course, if you’re going to tear down the whole thing, there’s no need for one. But house flipping usually involves making cosmetic changes—maybe opening a wall or remodeling a bathroom. It’s a makeover—not a complete rebuild. So you need to get it checked out before you buy.

“Never buy as is,” Cederquist says. “I can’t tell you the number of times people lose everything because they don’t do the safest thing: getting a home inspection.”

Inspections can turn up all kinds of problems. Some issues, like cabinet doors that don’t close properly, you won’t care about if you’re planning to rip and replace the kitchen anyway. Others, such as a cracked foundation, can cost you dearly.

At the very least, an inspection can identify problems you can use to bargain down the price. Every dollar counts toward your bottom line; whatever money you save on the purchase price will help you turn a profit when you flip.

Mistake No. 2: Overestimating your renovation skills

Every dollar saved on labor is a dollar you earn when you flip a house. But all too often flippers think they’re better plumbers, drywall hangers, and carpenters than they really are.

“This ends up being a major drain of time and resources, because you must redo work and spend twice the amount of money fixing it,” says Allen Shayanfekr, co-founder and CEO of Sharestates, an online crowdfunding platform for real estate financing.

There’s a simple answer to your DIY delusions of grandeur, Shayanfekr says: “Consult an expert prior to undertaking any major project.”

And make sure to ask for an estimate in writing. That way you’ll know what you’ll have to spend to make the house attractive to buyers.

Mistake No. 3: Underestimating total costs

Inexperienced flippers often add the purchase price to renovation costs and figure the sum is their break-even point. If only.

But the true cost of your flipping adventure involves much more. Think: state and federal taxes on profits, real estate commissions, title searches, transfer taxes, inspection and appraisal costs, and a bunch of other fees that show up at closing when you buy, and again when you sell your property.

Do yourself a favor and thoroughly research the total cost of your project (don’t forget permit fees, which can be substantial) and then add a cushion—10% to 15% is customary.

“Be prepared to pay over your expected fees when coming to the closing table,” Shayanfekr says. “Better safe than sorry.”

Mistake No. 4: Being a jerk

Even if you’re determined to do this on your own—you’re a whiz at mitering crown molding, after all—successful flipping requires some level of interaction with others. You’ll need to build a trusted team of craftsmen, suppliers, lenders, and real estate professionals that you can call on time after time.

Not only do you need to find people you can depend on to get the job done quickly and on budget, but your teammates must also be able to trust you to treat them with respect, pay on time, and not make their lives a living hell by changing your mind repeatedly.

“People want to do business with others they like and trust,” says Cody Sperber, who has flipped more than 1,000 properties in 15 years and has started a mentoring program called Clever Investor, based in Tempe, AZ. “So many deals have materialized because I listened and was empathetic. Not because I was shrewd and smart.”

Mistake No. 5: Jumping the gun

Some flippers put a “For Sale” sign on the property before completing renovations, hoping a buyer will be able to envision how gorgeous the house ultimately will be.

That’s a big mistake, says Bill Golden, an Atlanta-area real estate agent.

“Many people think they can get a jump on things by getting folks interested before it’s done, causing multiple issues,” Golden says. “Many people don’t have vision and can’t really see how things will look once they’re done. Also, missing molding, trim, and other details that may seem minor to you can reflect poorly on what the buyer perceives the quality of the renovation to be.”

Don’t list the project until it’s move-in ready. It will save time in the long run, because potential buyers won’t nag you about missing finishes you already plan to include.

Mistake No. 6: Designing a flip like you’re going to live there

Flipper rule of thumb: Never fall in love with a property.

Unlike your own home—where you’ll raise a family, build memories, and make modifications that suit your needs—flips are short-term projects that must appeal to the widest possible market.

When you design your flip, take yourself out of it. You may love aubergine, but stick to whites and neutrals when you pick paint colors. Research design trends, walk through open houses of new construction, and survey real estate agents to find out what’s selling and what’s not. If you don’t create an attractive yet blank canvas, your flip may languish on the market—costing you money with each painful, passing day.

“Don’t get attached to the house, because you’re not going to live there,” Cederquist says. “Keep it generic, what’s popular. Then stick to a design and budget.”

6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent

| Feb 4, 2016

It’s a slow Sunday morning. You’ve just brewed your Nespresso and popped open your laptop to check out the latest home listings before you hit the road for a day of open houses.

You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own sterling judgment.


Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do it on your own. But you really, really shouldn’t. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor® if you want to do it right. Here’s why.

1. They have loads of expertise

Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently.

Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up.

2. They have turbocharged searching power

The Internet is awesome. You can find almost anything—anything! And with online real estate listing sites such as yours truly, you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems.

Plus, a good local Realtor is going to know the search area way better than you ever could. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it’s just out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.

3. They have bullish negotiating chops

Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations—and as today’s housing market heats up, those negotiations are more likely than ever to get a little heated.

You can expect lots of competition, cutthroat tactics, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. Don’t you want a savvy and professional negotiator on your side to seal the best deal for you?

And it’s not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.

4. They’re connected to everyone

Realtors might not know everything, but they make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they’re all in your Realtor’s network. Use them.

5. They adhere to a strict code of ethics

Not every real estate agent is a Realtor, who is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country.

What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

6. They’re your sage parent/data analyst/therapist—all rolled into one

The thing about Realtors: They wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they’re salespeople, but they actually do a whole heck of a lot to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home (if you’re selling). They’re researching comps to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

And, of course, they’re working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night—whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in. This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility Realtors take lightly.

Rachel Stults is a senior editor at, covering advice around all things real estate, home decor, renting, and moving. She is also’s video programming manager. Contact her at

How to Prepare to Buy a Home: First, Use This Checklist

| Apr 7, 2017

As everyone knows, a house is not an impulse purchase; you can’t just waltz in and declare “I’ll take it!” Long before you get to making that offer (on paper, through your real estate agent)—and even before going to your first open house—there are a ton of things to do and to prepare. Overwhelmed? Here’s a checklist of everything you need to do to get ready to buy a home.

Check your credit score

Do not pass “Go,” do not start browsing homes until you have checked your credit score. This is the number that mortgage lenders will look at to determine whether you are “creditworthy,” and thus dictates the rates you will get. The higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate—and that’s what you’re going for. Get a free copy of yours at to see where you stand.


Clean up any credit blemishes you can

Any surprises on that report? Credit errors are more common than you might think, so contact the credit bureau to correct any erroneous information. Got credit that’s less than stellar? Check out these (totally legit!) tricks to boost your score fast and nab great rates.

Figure out how much home you can afford

Next, make sure you are clear on how much home you can afford. Check out our calculator that lets you determine your monthly mortgage payment, adjusting for variables such as the size of your down payment, your mortgage type, and current interest rates. You can also get an official estimate by following our next tip…

Shop for a mortgage lender

“A prospective home buyer should make one of their earliest stops with a mortgage originator to see if they can qualify for a mortgage and confirm how much of a mortgage they can afford,” says Realtor® Steve Ujvagi with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners. Different mortgage shops offer a wide variety of rates and programs, so shop around to find the best rate and mortgage option for you.

Secure mortgage pre-approval

Once you’ve found the mortgage that’s right for you, you’ll want to show sellers that you have what it takes to buy their home. In hot markets, a pre-approval is almost required for a seller to take your offer seriously. That’s because it spells out exactly how much a lender has agreed to loan you, thus assuring the seller that you’re both willing and able.

Save up for a down payment

To get the best rates, you’ll need to make at least a 20% down payment on a home. With the current median home price of $306,700, that comes to $61,340. That’s a lot of money! Check out these smart ideas to help you save for a down payment. But if that amount is out of reach, don’t worry—most people put down less.

Sit tight!

Once you’re ramping up to buy a home, it’s wise to not make any—we repeat, any—major changes in your life or, most important, your finances.

“Do not switch jobs. Do not buy a new car. Do not even buy furniture or apply for a new credit card, which could affect your credit,” says Ujvagi. “Just a credit pull alone from a car dealership or a furniture store is enough to affect your credit score and could cause you to lose your dream home.”

Find a real estate agent

There’s no reason to go it alone—having an agent helping you can make the whole process much easier.

“In times like these, with a limited number of homes on the market, a buyer needs a great Realtor to make sure they find their dream home,” says Ujvagi.

Referrals are often a good place to start; check with family and friends, or find out the go-to gal or guy in your preferred neighborhood.

Make a wish list

Of course, this list may be a very long one, but you need to be realistic about what elements are truly “wishes” and which ones are nonnegotiable—such as number of bedrooms, a fenced yard for a pet, a specific school district, walking distance to the bus stop, etc. Sometimes it’s helpful to divide your list into three categories: Those nonnegotiable elements, followed by items that would be nice to have (e.g., a bonus room or home office) and your dream features (e.g., in-ground swimming pool).

Browse listings online

If we do say so ourselves,® is a great place to start to figure out what properties are available in your area in your price range. Search by price, number of bedrooms, location, and other variables to start narrowing down your options.

Visit open houses

Poring over online listings is one thing; seeing the properties in person is quite another. Take advantage of open houses as a low-stress way to visit several homes in one day. Map your strategy in advance, and while you’re in each home, take photos and notes so they don’t all run together in your mind. (Now, which one had the in-room fireplace again?)

Check out the hood

You’ve undoubtedly heard the adage “location, location, location.” What that essentially means is that you’re not just buying the property you’re looking at; you’re also buying into the whole neighborhood. That’s why you have to be certain that it has the vibe you want. Savvy home buyers know that the best way to find out more about the neighborhood is to meet the neighbors and then visit at various times of the day and night to see what it’s really like.

Cathie Ericson is a journalist who writes about real estate, finance, and health. She lives in Portland, OR.

10 Shocking Facts About Chip and Joanna Gaines on ‘Fixer Upper’ That Will Leave You Floored

| Apr 5, 2017

You weren’t born yesterday—so you know that what you see on reality TV isn’t exactly reality. And if you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s megahit “Fixer Upper,” you might be wondering what the cute couple are actually like behind the scenes. Well, wonder no more, friends! Here’s a rundown of some surprising, real-life facts about the famous duo that will leave you floored. Prepare to see Chip and Jo in a whole new light!

1. Chip wanted to become a baseball player

As a kid, Chip never dreamed of being on TV—or, for that matter, of being in the real estate game. He had hoped to become a professional baseball player … or a politician. But he ended up majoring in business administration at Baylor University in Waco, TX, the same college that Joanna attended, although not at the same time.


2. Joanna made her TV debut in tire ads

“I always dreamed of the idea of television, but never thought it would have to do with design or renovations,” Joanna told Popsugar. She got a degree in broadcast journalism and even interned for Dan Rather at CBS in New York City. But she eventually returned to Waco to work in her father’s tire shop—and make her TV debut in his advertisements.

3. For Chip, it was love at first sight…

Chip says he fell in love with Joanna before they’d even met, just by gazing at a family photo tacked up in her dad’s tire shop. Chip took his car there for repairs, and all but rejoiced when his auto broke down so he could finally finagle a face-to-face meeting with Joanna working behind the counter.

4. … But Joanna had the hots for Chip’s roommate

So indeed, Joanna and Chip first met when he was getting his brakes fixed at the tire shop. Unfortunately, Chip had brought along his roommate, who’s referred to as “Hot John” in the Gaines’ memoir, “The Magnolia Story.” Joanna tried to approach John first, but she didn’t have the nerve—he was that hot! That’s when Chip swooped in, breaking the ice by saying he recognized her from those tire commercials.

5. Chip was an hour and a half late for their first date

“He didn’t apologize for being late, either,” Joanna wrote in their memoir. And for some reason, she let it slide: “Only Chip could be an hour and a half late and have no one mad about it.”

6. Then, Chip didn’t call back—for months

His excuse? “I’d made a bet with Hot John to see who could hold out the longest before calling our dates back,” Chip admits. “I really wanted that 50 dollars from John! That’s the only reason I didn’t call.”

Once the second date finally happened, however, they were on track to get married in a little over a year.

7. Their first flip was really, really bad

Although Chip flipped his first house in college, Joanna first got into the act when they returned from their honeymoon and moved into an ugly little house they’d purchased with the intent of flipping it quickly and moving on.

In the penultimate episode of Season 4, they were bold enough to revisit their first flip, and their lack of experience was obvious and painful.

“We made every mistake in the book,” Joanna admitted. Among their renovation slip-ups? They painted over wallpaper, left the popcorn ceilings intact, and spent a fortune on double shower heads. Live and learn.

8. A leaky houseboat got them on HGTV

After buying, living in, flipping, and remodeling more than a half-dozen houses, Joanna posted their projects on her personal blog, and they spread from there. The next thing they knew, an HGTV producer contacted them, then showed up in Waco with a crew to see how the couple were on camera.

“Chip and I were horrible,” recounts Joanna.

They froze up on camera, and the crew was about to pack up and go home when the leaky houseboat arrived. Unbeknownst to Joanna, Chip had purchased a houseboat online, thinking it would be fun to move the kids aboard and live there for a while. Joanna was horrified, Chip was crestfallen, and their authentic reactions to the situation are what ended up getting them the show that would eventually become the one you know and love today.

9. Their family includes 4 kids, 60 farm animals … and counting

Chip helps with a new family member.
Chip helps with a new family member.HGTV

Chip and Joanna have four children: Drake, 11; Ella, 9; Duke, 8; and Emme, 6. They all live on a 40-acre farm with 60 animals, who keep popping out little goats, pigs, and chickens. So, will Chip and Jo follow suit with another kid?

“I’m trying to talk him into another child,” Joanna told Parade Magazine. “But he’s not interested.”

10. The Gaines don’t own a TV

Does that mean they don’t even watch their own show? They confess they get together with friends to watch on occasion, but for the most part, they’d rather be out in the world rather than watch a TV screen.

The Gaines family down on the farm
The Gaines family down on the farmHGTV
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning writer who covers lifestyle, entertainment, real estate, design, and travel. Find her on

5 Ways to Save on Home Renovation Costs So You Don’t Go Broke

| Apr 5, 2017

Is your kitchen hopelessly outdated, and your bathroom a blast from the past? Then it sounds like you’re overdue for some home improvements. There’s just one problem: Remodeling can be a huge undertaking—and a costly one at that. The average kitchen remodel will set you back $60,000; a bathroom overhaul, $17,908. Ouch! But hey, that’s just the average price homeowners pay. Plenty of home renovations can fall way under that wire if you know some tricks to keep your home improvement budget in check. Check out these smart ways to save on home renovation costs to achieve the home of your dreams without blowing wads of cash.

1. Don’t do a complete remodel

Unless the room needs to be completely gutted, you can cut costs by refurbishing existing fixtures. When renovating the kitchen, staining the current cabinetry, replacing old drawer handles and knobs, and refacing moldings can save you thousands of dollars.


In fact, refinishing existing cabinets can save you up to 50% compared with the cost of buying new cabinetry, according to Angie’s List. You can also cut costs by purchasing materials (e.g., granite, flooring, or lighting) yourself, says Chris Dossman, a real estate agent with Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis.

2. Pick decent, midgrade materials

Picking premium options or materials can raise the cost of your remodeling project substantially. One area where you’ll find a major price difference? Carpeting.

While basic olefin and polyester carpeting costs around $1 to $2 per square foot, wool can cost upward of $9 to $11 per square foot, according to Angie’s List. Those costs add up if you’re recarpeting a large room or an entire floor.

Another biggie? Countertops: Granite costs $60 to $100 per square foot; laminate (i.e., Formica) looks like granite for $10 to $40 per square foot.

3. Do prep work yourself

To reduce the hours your contractors will need to put in—and save money on labor—do light prep work yourself, says Dossman. By removing and discarding old carpeting on your own, for example, you’ll shave time off the installer’s bill, which can lead to substantial savings when you consider that many companies charge an additional $4 per yard to remove old carpet.

4. Go DIY, but know your limits

Another way to cut remodeling costs is, of course, to do the work yourself. That’s a good move for small projects, like painting a bedroom, where the work is fairly simple. Also, the materials you’ll need, including paint, brushes, sandpaper, and tape, cost only $100 to $200. (Professional painters, meanwhile, charge $25 to $100 an hour.)

With larger projects, however, rolling up your sleeves probably isn’t the best decision—especially if you lack handy skills. For major home improvement projects, you’ll most likely want to hire a professional to do the work—it’ll cost more, but it’s worth it. Let’s face it: The last thing you want to do is cheap out and need to pay a second contractor to redo the work.

Here are six home improvement projects you should never do yourself.

5. Shop around for the best (and budget-friendly) contractor

Last but not least, a home remodeling project is only as good as whom you hire. It’s crucial to find a reliable contractor who will quote you a fair price and deliver high-quality work. To find this special someone, you’ll want to meet with at least three contractors and get in-person bids. Doing so will give you a good idea of the price range; it’ll also give you a sense of whether you’d be comfortable working with the person.

When vetting contractors, pay attention to small details, like whether they show up on time for the appointment. Punctuality indicates whether the person is well-organized, which can affect how much you’ll have to pay, says Matt Parker, a real estate agent in Seattle and author of “Real Estate Smart: The New Home Buying Guide.”

If a contractor has a habit of running behind schedule, that might affect how long the project will take to complete—and how many hours of labor you’ll need to pay for. The adage “time is money” can be painfully true when contractors are involved, so you want someone who takes your time seriously.

Another money-saving safety measure: Insist on seeing all renovation estimates in writing, and get a cap on the hours if possible. Meanwhile, a punch list can ensure that the renovation isn’t officially done until you’re satisfied. Any contractor who isn’t willing to provide this par-for-the-course paperwork may not be worth the trouble, because it protects you both in case any part of your renovation goes off the rails.

Daniel Bortz is a Realtor in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, who has written for Money magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, CNNMoney, and more.

The Parent Trap: 4 Home-Buying Mistakes People Make for Their Kids

| Apr 6, 2017

Ah, the things people do for their kids. One of the biggies? Buying a megamansion with a massive backyard perched in a stellar school district so they can give their offspring the best life possible—even if they’re mortgaged to the hilt. And yet, making real estate decisions solely for the sake of your kids can be a recipe for regret that can actually undermine your family’s happiness.

“People get idealistic and sometimes irrational when they choose the home they plan to raise their kids in,” says Holly Breville, a McEnearney Associates real estate agent in Washington, DC. As proof, just check out some real-life home-buying mistakes so that you can avoid falling into the parent trap.

Mistake No. 1: Buying too big

“Expectant parents often want more space,” says Breville. “They want an extra bedroom for visiting grandparents, or they might want every child to have their room.”

They might also want expansion room in case they have more kids down the road. But affording a big home usually means buying in a more remote area, which isn’t always worth the trade-off—something San Francisco mom Abbe Clemons learned the hard way.

“When I was pregnant with our second child, I was convinced we needed a bigger home, so we sold our bungalow in a great neighborhood where we could walk everywhere and bought a big, cavernous house in the hills, where we had to get in the car to go anywhere,” says Clemons. She regretted the decision as soon as her second child arrived.

“I felt totally isolated and, with two tiny kids, we lived on top of each other in a couple of rooms, so a big house was unnecessary.”

Breville encourages clients to think hard about whether more space is worth what they’ll sacrifice for it.

“If a larger home means moving a half-hour away from your friends and community, or to an area where you can’t walk anywhere, the impact on your quality of life might not be worth the extra bedroom,” she says.

“And ask yourself if a guest room is worth the money. How often will family members really stay with you? Do you even like having your in-laws stay with you?”

It might make sense to put them in a hotel for their brief visits rather than straining your budget for a bigger home.

Mistake No. 2:                                                       Buying before you can afford it

Blame it on hormonal nesting instincts or societal programming, but new parents (or parents-to-be) can become fixated on owning a home, without regard to financial practicalities.

“The moment I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to buy a house. It was an overwhelming ‘I have to do this or I’m going to freak out’ desire,” says Amy Klein of Eugene, OR. “Everything in our price range was old or ugly, so we wound up maxing out our budget on a home 12 miles out of town. I didn’t care that the interest rate was 5.75%. I didn’t care that I had to drive on somewhat of a dangerous road to get to work. All we cared [about] was that we had a house. But now I care a whole lot.”

The reality: Having a new baby can be stressful enough without a backbreaking house payment, so you’d better think hard about whether homeownership is right for you at this point. Here’s how you can figure out how much home you can afford.

Mistake No. 3: Buying for a school district

A home with top-rated schools is the holy grail for parents, but keep in mind that great public schools aren’t truly free.

“Homes in highly regarded school districts usually come at a premium in terms of home prices and property taxes,” says Breville. “So you need to factor in how long you will stay in the area, how many children you have, if your children will definitely use the public schools, and for how long.”

Maureen Legac learned firsthand that buying for a school district doesn’t always work out as planned.

“When we relocated to Florida, we were determined to buy in a great school district. We bought a home near A-rated schools, but it was 40 minutes from the beach, and 10 miles to the closest grocery store or gas station,” she says. “Then our children decided to participate in an International Baccalaureate program, which was located at the worst school in the district and had us driving across town past the A-rated schools to go to a D-rated one that happened to house the IB program. We wouldn’t have moved to an area so far from town and the beach if we’d known they wouldn’t be using the schools anyway.”

It might make sense to test out that great school district by renting in the area before you commit.

Mistake No. 4: Renovating for the age they are now, and not for the future

Coleen Christian Burke knocked down walls to four rooms on her main floor because she thought it would be easier to keep track of her kids in the house.

“It turned out fabulous,” she recalls, at least while the children were young. Once they became teenagers, “I learned that they hate open-concept,” she says. “There wasn’t space for them to have privacy when their friends came over, and they spent more time at the houses of friends who had 1970s-style dens and basements. They call our house the fishbowl!”

Lesson learned? Children grow up fast, and their habits and tastes change, too. That backyard play structure that seems so desirable when your kids are in kindergarten will never get used once sports or video games become their entertainment of choice. So try to imagine how any renovations might suit who they are now, and who they’ll become.

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Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an award-winning freelancer who’s written about real estate and home improvement for, Yahoo, AOL, and many others.