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If you're a first time buyer, check out our Streetwise Home Buyer articles, providing a step-by-step guide to successful home buying. Everything is covered, from buying an apartment to building your own home; from where to buy to what to buy; from making an offer to making a killing.

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Search by region, environment, style of homes, neighbours, quality of schools, commute time, budget and even hip factor to find the places that are right for you; then read about their pros and cons from the experts and view houses for sale in real time. 


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