While buying the house of your dreams is tricky at the best of times, a seller’s market adds a whole other layer of difficulty to the transaction. Lack of upfront cash is often the biggest problem facing buyers in this scenario, as most sellers want to seal the deal as quickly and effortlessly as possible. But while there isn’t much you can do about your finances (or lack thereof), not all is lost. Here are five ways you can give yourself an edge in a hot seller’s market.

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