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1) – Not Being Pre-Qualified For Financing Before Looking
When you start to look, it is important that you know how much you can comfortably spend on a home. Getting pre-qualified for financing will lock down your price range and help prevent you from being turned down after falling in love with a home. It will also save you the strain of having to find a lender within a few days of conditionally buying a home. In times of fluctuating interest rates it would benefit you to lock in a lower rate. This could save you thousands of dollars if the rate increases while you are in the process of buying.
2) - Failing To Seek Out The Services Of An Experienced REALTOR
Many Buyers are unaware of the fact that in almost every case they are not responsible for paying the agent’s fees; most times, the agent is being paid a commission from the seller. It is always best to seek out an experienced Realtor that can use their information regarding recently listed and sold properties to get you the lowest price possible. Remember: if you do not have a Buyer's Agency contract with an agent, then he or she is working for the seller as a Seller's Agent.
3) - Failing To Know The Market Before Making Your Offer
Have your Realtor prepare all the area sales and comparables in your area and get a copy to look over before you make your offer. This will help ensure that you do not overpay what the home is really worth. In most cases, this is the same type of information that the seller saw when setting the price of their home.
4) - Not Being Informed Of Your Rights & Obligations During Your Offer To Purchase
It is of the utmost importance to be aware of your rights and what to expect from a competent Realtor. A small mistake in a condition or clause could end up costing you time and money, or in some cases even void your contract.
5) – Not Understanding The Common Negotiating Methods Used At Offer Time
Some buyers have been told that the best way to get a good price is to low-ball the seller from the start in hopes that the seller will drop their price down fast in their counter offer. In reality, this often does nothing more than upset the seller and will probably end up ruining the chance at an acceptable offer to both of the parties involved. Have good communication with your Realtor, and they will be able to inform you on the many proper ways to negotiate a deal and still get you the lowest price.
6) - Failing To Use Home Inspection Company
Buying your home is often times the most important investment and financial transaction that you will ever make. A home inspection can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars and unexpected problems down the road.
7) - Letting Your Emotions Cloud Your Judgment
Buying a home is an important and exhilarating process! It is important not to let your emotions get the best of you and cloud your judgment of whether you can really afford to make the payments comfortably, and so on. Be sure not to get so excited that you get in over your head.