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Angie's List: Buying a Home

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Buying a home is an exciting adventure, but it can quickly turn to heartache. Before you fall in love with a home, KULR 8's Emily Nantz has this Angie's List report that will help you build a team to support you.

"It's been an emotional roller coaster. I've had days of crying and then days of today they put up a rock fireplace and it was elation you know you start to see it come back together. Ok we're going to get there."

Homeowner Brenda Payne says contractors have done tens of thousands of dollars of repair work for problems that surfaced after she closed on her home.

"We found electrical code problems, plumbing code problems not vented right, not angled right, wires that were in the walls that were just black taped and not wired right and stuff like that," says contractor Edward Christensen.

Payne says he problems stemmed from using a real estate agent who represented both the buyer and seller, something experts say you should avoid. That same agent also arranged and paid for inspections, another big no-no. You should independently pick your own lender and home inspector, don't just use one cause your real estate agent recommends them.

"You want to do that at the beginning of your home search - before you're under the time crunch of having to get the home inspection done in a certain number of days," says Angie Hicks, founder.

"Don't overlook anything if something doesn't look right to you question it. Don't think you don't have a right," says Brenda.

Lenders say you should always get pre-approved for a loan before you start your home search, that way you won't run into any surprises.

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