Tips for home buying

CNN Money brings us some interesting introductory lessons on buying a home. One of them is regarding seeking professional help when buying a home.

With all the advice available on the Internet, it would seem really easy to buy a house without getting the advice of a lawyer or a realtor. Though it’s good for you to be informed and stay up to date with selling techniques, realtors and lawyers are the specialized people you need to turn to.

Start by findind a specialized agent to represent your interest in the search. It’s recommended that you hired someone specialized in the field you want to buy. What do we mean by this? If you want a vacation home abroad, seek a realtor from that region with connections in the market. If you want a luxury property, it’s best you searched a renowned realtor, because there’s a lot at stake.

Next start looking for a mortgage lender. Take your time, since you could be paying this loan for 30, even 40, years. Check rates and credentials of banks to see which is more trustworthy.

Also, always hire a lawyer to help you with all the legal paperwork.

Source: money.cnn.com

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Top 5 most expensive houses in the world

Apparently, France, UK and the United States are home to the most expensive houses in the world. Of course, they are classy and imposing, just like a luxury house should be. Let’s check them out, maybe they give you ideas on how to build your dream house.

5. Three Ponds: $75 000 000

Situated in Bridgehampton, New York, this 75 million dollar gem has its own golf course. Also, it’s called Three Ponds because it has ..three ponds and 14 themed gardens! Other features include two three-car garages, a two-story pro shop, second floor golfclub with a bar, separate staff quarters, a three-bedroom guest house,  barn and other outbuildings. The  main house has seven bedrooms and 12 baths.

4. Donald Trump’s beachside palace

The cost to such opulence? $125 million! The house has 18 rooms and it’s situated in Palm Beach, Florida.

3. Updown Court, Surrey, UK : $140,000,000

The motto of this house, according to its website is: “a tribute to completion”. Updown Court has 103 rooms, of which 24 are bedrooms, each with its own marble en-suite bathroom. Among other features, it has a two-lane bowling alley, five swimming pools, a squash court, a floodlit tennis court, a wine cellar, and a panic room in case of a terrorist attack

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2. Ira Rennert Mansion : $180,000,000.

This house is considered to be the largest residential compound in the whole of America. The house features 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, as well as the usual gigantic dining room, tennis courts, bowling alley. The grounds sum up to almost 255 000 sqm. The owner is Ira Rennert, a self-made millionaire, active in the industrial sector.

1. Villa La Leopolda. Nice, France: $ 398,350,000


This is a house truly fit for the richest man on the planet. Bill Gates used to live here. Now, Roman Abramovich, the Russian millionaire, lives here. Villa La Leopolda was built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium.

Info via worldinterestingfacts.com