Common Home Buying Mistakes

By: Nancy Gleason

In thinking about life's most rewarding experiences, buying your first home ranks right near the top of the list. For this reason buying a home should be a memorable event, but for the right reasons. When it comes to home purchases many people have the tendency to lead with their hearts and that can cause some definite troubles. In this article we are going to explore some of the more common home buying mistakes and how the average buyer can avoid them and other purchasing pitfalls. Planning is really the bottom line in major purchases. If you take the time to plan every step of the process then there should be no unpleasant surprises or unexpected crises. If this is your first time buying then it's a good idea to get some advice from an experienced buyer as well as from your agent.

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Alright, let's start looking at some common buying mistakes. One of the most common is over-excited buying or impulse buying. Keep in mind that there are a lot of homes out there so you don't have to buy the first home you look at. consider your options and don't jump at a home simply because you like the first thing you see. How can you know that this is the home for you if you have not seen others yet? Buying a home is indeed an exciting time but you need to keep your head on as there is a lot of money involved in this. On the other side of the equation, don't ever "settle" for a home when there are better options available. They may require a bit more money but you still have to be happy with the home you have purchased and "settling" for a home is not going to lead to happiness.

Another common mistake is purchasing too much home. This can easily get a new home owner into a disastrous situation where they cannot afford to make the payments on the home and you can see what the final outcome of this will be. Once again, careful planning is the best deterrent for this kind of situation. Coming to terms with your financial situation previous to purchasing the home is also a necessity. Be realistic about your ability to pay the bills and the mortgage and have money left over for life's other little necessities such as food.

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