Wednesday, April 14, 2010
by Broderick Perkins
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New York City attorney Edward A. Mermelstein is, well, a big shot in the Big Apple -- but he hasn't forgotten the little guy.
Co-founder of the international, multilingual (11 languages) real estate law firm Edward A. Mermelstein & Associates, he's also got an office in Moscow and offers legal services to financial and real estate institutions, including representation for international transactions, business litigation, dispute resolution and insurance matters.
Clients include international conglomerates, start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, multi-national corporations, land charitable organizations, government officials and others, but he also offers insight for the 'Average Joe' -- home buyers who need all the help they can get right now.
Mermelstein's "Home Buying Secrets for the 'Average Joe' " are a timely example of his insight for buyers.
First, do your homework before you buy. Review the prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood, which can be found on websites such as Zillow.com, PropertyShark.com, StreetEasy.com, HouseValues.com, Trulia.com and others. Keep in mind these numbers sometimes trail the market by several months. A real estate agent can provide the latest sales data.
More tips include curing your credit, bidding low, getting a 'Lucky 7' loan, getting pre-approved, considering a newly built home, inspections, appraisals, negotiating tips and more.
Get the full list of tips here: "Home buying secrets for the 'Average Joe' "
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