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A Real Estate Expert Explains How To Actually Buy A House

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For many people, the thought of buying a home can lead you towards a minor anxiety attack. Not only is it a huge commitment, but the actual steps it takes to purchasing a house can be really confusing if you don't already have a real estate license. However with more single women buying homes and folks looking to settle down with their families, we want to help demystify the process.

Since we aren't experts just yet, we called on Bill Charman, founder and CEO of Gimme Shelter, a boutique real estate agency in S.F., to answer the questions we all have. From bidding wars to escrow, you will soon be able to tackle buying a home like a pro.