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I asked ChatGPT for real-estate advice, and it’s not a bad starting point if you have no idea where to begin

Hand holding ChatGPT open on a smartphone in front of futuristic backdrop of black and white numbers and the outline of a head filled with a star mapChatGPT has taken the internet by storm, but it’s a mixed bag for a real-estate advice.

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  • I asked ChatGPT common questions about real estate.
  • I didn’t get earth-shattering advice, but it could be a good place to start if you feel clueless.
  • Don’t expect a crystal ball, however, since its data only goes up to 2021.

In today’s overwhelming real-estate market, it would be nice to have a friend with all the answers.

ChatGPT is not exactly that friend, but the generative-AI tool sweeping the internet is a good starting point to tackle the most basic real-estate questions.

It could be most useful for first-time homebuyers — who face the most obstacles in today’s market, including high prices and a historic lack of starter homes — by providing a basic description of what the homebuying process entails.

Specific ideas or advice, such as the timing for real-estate choices or ways to improve the value of a home, were less impressive.

What are the steps for buying a house?ChatGPT lays out 7 steps to buying a home including getting pre-approved for a mortgage and getting a home inspection done.ChatGPT can help get you started on the daunting process of buying a home.

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For the uninitiated, ChatGPT can serve up a useful step-by-step guide to how the homebuying process works.

Though painted in broad strokes, it can help someone think through steps like getting preapproved for a mortgage, applying for a mortgage, and closing on the home before you get the keys. It’s far more than just finding a pad you like on Zillow.

What are the costs I need to save up for when buying a house?ChatGPT spells out 8 costs homebuyers should save for including a down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses.If you need a breakdown of the expenses involved in buying a home, ChatGPT can also be useful.

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Home prices have grown rapidly over the past two years, but that massive number isn’t what you need in the bank. ChatGPT can remind you exactly what to budget for — like a down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses — when you set out to make likely the largest purchase of your life.

Should I rent or buy?ChatGPT says the answer to where you should rent or buy depends on your individual situationWhen decisions get personal, like whether to rent or buy, it’s best not to leave it to AI.

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Very personal questions, however, are going to land you in the perennial territory of “it depends,” which actually is the right answer. Whether you should rent or buy depends on factors like your job, your financial situation, and how long you plan to live in an area.

How do I increase the value of my home?ChatGPT says it doesn't have enough information about the current housing market or whether it's a good time for you to buy a house.ChatGPT’s ideas for increasing a home’s listing price were a mixed bag: not bad, but not groundbreaking.

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Where ChatGPT starts to fall flat is in the specifics.

If you’re a first-time home seller looking for ways to increase the value of your home before listing, ChatGPT offers up ideas that are hardly novel. Updating the kitchen and bathroom and adding square footage are tried-and-true methods, but finding ideas unique to your property or in demand for your neighborhood will probably require a human’s perspective.

What is the current housing market like?ChatGPT answering whether it is a good time to buy a houseChatGPT isn’t a crystal ball.

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Definitely don’t expect ChatGPT to be your daily market expert. The tool is up to date only to 2021 and won’t give you an accurate reading of the state of the market now. And whether it’s a “good time” to buy will, again, come down to personal circumstances.

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