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Do’s and Don’ts for Buying and Selling a House

Spencer Rascoff is the CEO for Zillow Group. Many real estate professionals have a healthy dislike, and sometimes fear, of Zillow and Rascoff’s tactics.

At Path & Post, we understand and appreciate Zillow’s position in the real estate marketplace. Zillow is often the first place consumers go when they start thinking about a real estate transaction, whether that’s buying or selling a home.

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Rascoff sat down with Fortune for an interview and here are his top five pieces of advice for home buyers and sellers this season:

1. You need a real estate agent, regardless of whether you’re a buyer or a seller. “It’s an infrequent, emotional, complex transaction,” says Rascoff. “Having a great person at your side can be really valuable.”

2. Rascoff recommends “minimal renovation” for sellers. He says a fresh coat of paint and removing clutter should do the trick, but warns, “do not launch in that full kitchen remodel.”

3. Get pre-approved for a home loan if you are a buyer. “A lot of sellers are very interested not just in price, but certainty,” he says.

4. Beware of hidden costs. Before making a bid, find out about maintenance costs, homeowners’ association dues, and property taxes.

5. The best time to list a home for sale is in early May, while Rascoff says the best time to buy is during late summer.

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