How to Avoid the Five Biggest First Time Home Buyer Mistakes
While buying a home is without a doubt an exciting endeavor in some
cases home buyers overlook things until after it's too late, creating a
sense of buyer's remorse that can be time consuming and expensive to
correct. By learning about the most common and biggest mistakes, other
buyers have made; however, you can make sure you do not fall into an
expensive trap when you set about purchasing your next home.
1. Some buyers, particularly first time home
buyers, have a tendency to change their financial status prior to
closing on the sale of their home. It is always important to keep in
mind that just because you qualified for a mortgage several weeks ago
you very well might not if you make any type of major purchase just
before closing. This means you should avoid buying anything on credit
after you have made your loan application. In particular, avoid
purchasing expensive major items such as electronics or computers,
furniture for the new home, gardening equipment, refrigerators and other
appliances and especially automobiles. Even a small change in your
credit ratio could cause your loan application to be denied.
2. The second most common mistake made by many home buyers is simply
purchasing the wrong home. This is because home buyers can
frequently get so caught up in the excitement of the buying process or
the ‘look' of a home that they may fail to get proper consideration to
what they really need in a home. Overlooking critical features in a home
can easily result in purchasing a home that becomes difficult to live in
and with later on.
3. One of the most common mistakes buyers make is withholding
information from their real estate agents and real estate lawyers.
Reasons for this tend to include believing that some information simply
isn't important enough to mention as well as a fear of how they might
come across to others if they do bring up concerns. It is important to
keep in mind when you are purchasing a home that the professionals that
you work with are just that-they are experienced professionals who have
handled a number of transaction. There is a good chance that there isn't
much they haven't already heard. Remember that their job is to represent
your best interests. They cannot do that if they do not have all of the
information. The best way to bring about a smooth transaction is for
everyone to be up front.
4. When considering the purchase of a home it is also critically
important to consider how much house you can realistically afford.
Remember that just because you can qualify to purchase a home in a
particular price range doesn't necessarily mean you can really afford.
Besides that mortgage payment you will also have other expenses
including insurance, home maintenance and possibly home owner's or
association dues as well.
5. Buying a home without a professional inspection is also another
critical mistake. If you are financing the purchase of your home a
professional inspection is usually required; however, if you are not
financing the purchase or if the seller has agreed to finance it you
won't be required to have a professional inspection completed. Even if
this is the case, it is always recommended to have an inspection
completed anyway by a professional who might spot something you
overlooked. This gives you the opportunity to ask the seller to make
necessary repairs as well as possibly renegotiate terms of the sale as
6. Buyers also frequently make the mistake of simply not looking at
enough homes. This results in not knowing enough about what's
currently on the market; which can cause you to miss out on a better
home. Only after you have looked at several homes should you begin
narrowing it down. At that point it is important to re-visit each home
at least once and view them again with fresh eyes. You may find that a
home you previously thought was ideal has hidden problems. Taking a look
at several homes allows you to make a much better educated decision and
ultimately find a home that is best suited for you and your needs. A
compulsive purchase while shopping around for a home could end up being
not only one that you will regret but also extremely expensive as well.
By taking the time to learn from the mistakes of others you can avoid
making some of the most common errors when you begin the home purchasing