Not knowing how much home
you can afford-Contact a lender and get
pre-approved for a mortgage.This
helps you avoid falling in love with a home you cannot afford.
Not hiring a buyer’s agent-A buyer’s agent is dedicated
solely to the needs of their client, providingvaluable local area knowledge and experience.The Buyer’s Broker Agreement defines
the agent’s fiduciary responsibility to the buyer, whodoes not pay for the agent’s service.
Assume that bidding the
asking price will get your offer accepted-Even though we are in one of
the strongest buyer’s markets in history, it is not uncommon for seller’s to
receive multiple bids on their property.Work with your REALTOR to develop a bidding strategy
Believing foreclosures are
the best deal-Recognize the fact that
foreclosures can require costly and time-consuming repairs that you did not
budget.Some foreclosures could
have damage related to sitting empty for extended periods of time.
Skip the home inspection-The home inspection is the
one chance you have to get an unbiased view of the homes’ structural and
mechanical components.If there is
a costly repair or maintenance issue, you can withdraw your purchase offer.
Failure to include a
contingency clause-This clause provides for the
return earnest money if your mortgage financing falls through before the loan
is closed.Common reasons include
lost of income, employment or changes in lending standards.
Falling in love with a home-Never tip your hand by
allowing the seller’s agent see how much you want a house.
Not knowing the invisible
costs-Being able to afford the
purchase of a home is one thing.Being able to afford to own a home is another.A good REALTOR should be able to help you estimate maintenance costs
as well as monthly expenses such asutilities andinsurance.
Not factoring for the
property taxes- Your REALTORshould be able to tell you the
current taxes on the property but a quick call to the county tax assessor’s
office can determine if there are any tax increases in the foreseeable
future.If the community is
growing, chances are the property tax liability will grow too.
Invest too much in upgrades-New owners can allow their
enthusiasm to get the best of them and invest in upgrades that have a limited
return on their investment.