Offbeat House Hunters: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Edition

So which house did we go with? It was a tough choice… The Customized Cape Cod was wonderful and cheap but needed the most work. The Horror Movie Hallway was great but my husband's commute would become a huge problem. The Four Season Porch seemed to be in the best condition but was at the very top of our price point.

We ended up choosing …

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How to buy a house when you're a Type-A control freak

I'm a major Type-A, pain in the ass, need-to-know-every-detail kind of person. And when you're doing something as huge as buying a home, things aren't always as accessible as you might want. I learned that the process isn't over when your offer is accepted — that's where the really hard stuff starts…

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How I created a winning house offer, even though I was outbid by $32K!

The horror stories of pals who had put in ten offers on ten different homes, only to be repeatedly outbid by up to $100K, sounded exhausting and terrifying all around. Once we came upon the perfect house, I knew this offer had to BLOW MINDS. I burned up my Google search engine with "creative house offers" but nothing really resonated. So I created an infographic to express what we loved about the house and how we imagined ourselves living in it…

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Doing it the hard way: What we’ve learned from buying a foreclosure

We bought a foreclosure. After sitting empty for three years, it finally came up at a real estate auction; we were brave enough to bid, and lucky enough to win. Over the past several months, we’ve learned a lot, and we’re still learning! Note that I’m an historian, not a real estate agent or legal professional, but here’s a few pearls of wisdom from what I’ve learned (and what I wish I’d known)…