Common Buyer Mistakes

Posted by Ernestina Birova on March 19, 2013

Common Buyer MistakesBuying new home is exciting and emotional experience which involves many difficult decisions. Your home is probably the biggest purchase your family will ever make. Often times buyers are simply overwhelmed by the process and tend to overlook some important facts along the way. This could result in making the wrong choice or making your purchase more expensive than it should be.

If you create an organized plan before you shop, you will be able to avoid these common mistakes. Below are a few tips that could help you make the most out of your home purchase:

1. Are you buying the right home?

Do you know exactly what you want in a home? It is important that you have a list of clear, detailed specifications on the home you want to purchase. Buyers often overlook items such as distance to schools, the neighborhood, hospitals, shopping malls, or even the distance to work. Plan ahead with clear objectives and goals, you will be in a great position to buy the perfect home.

2. Bid with care

Is the seller’s asking price high? Is it a steal? How much do you offer? These are common questions that often get overlooked from the excitement of buying a home. With the help of a real estate professional, you will be able to do research on the market and comparable homes which could save you thousands of dollars. Without important information on the market, your offer could be too high, or you could even miss out on a great buying opportunity.

3. Clear title

Before you sign any document, you should be certain that the property is free from any encumbrances. Your agent should be able to provide you with the copy of the title to ensure there are no liens or debts on the property.

Essential background information can save you from enormous consequences in the future

4. Repairs

For a few hundred dollars, a professional home inspector can conduct a thorough examination on the home. Doing this will give you an idea on the cost of future repairs.

Spending the money for a home inspection can save you from repairing costly items in the home in the future.

5. Get pre-approval

When shopping for a home, it is a good idea to get pre-approval for your financing. This will put you in a favorable position, as a seller is more likely to consider an offer from a serious buyer.

Failing to get pre-approval can cause you to lose your dream home to another buyer!

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