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Subject:  Re: Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's Date:  10/14/2012  10:17 AM
Author:  alstroemeria Number:  17924 of 19741

We may need to find a rental first. The real estate agent told us that we needed to have a signed contract on our apartment here before we could make a serious offer on a house.

I am confused--you can't buy a house in Northeastern Massachusetts unless you're already a renter there? I never heard of such a thing, and I have moved directly to a new house in a different state twice. Is your RE agent serious or simply advising to rent first before you select your house/neighborhood/town since the area is new to you? That might be good advice.

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