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When It Is Time to Buy, Here Is The First Thing You Must Do

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Let's go out on a limb here and say you're renting and you've got a lousy landlord. Maybe the windows are drafty and winter's setting in or maybe the garbage disposal's making this high-pitched whirring sound and the lights flicker every time you switch the porch light on and don't even get me started about the smell coming from the... Okay, okay. Deep breaths. So. It's time to move and you're tired of someone else being in control of your abode. You're going to fix whatever breaks yourself. Or, well, call someone else to fix it but at least you know it'll get done.

You're ready to buy your first home. But where do you start? Well, fortunately for you, we know a guy who knows some things.

Ryan Cooley is an agent with Detroit's O’Connor Real Estate and Development. Says Ryan:

“I'm not sure there’s any one most important thing—especially for a first time home buyer—but I would say the first thing that people should do is determine what neighborhoods they like best and really research what is happening in those neighborhoods. There are so many neighborhoods in the city and each is almost like its own small city. Prices vary drastically and what can seem like a good deal isn’t always necessarily so.”

· O'Connor Real Estate And Development [Official]