Mistakes Homebuyers Make

Buying a home can be a roller coaster of emotions. And if you're like most of us, your home will be your largest investment. The emotions over such a large and personal purchase can often cloud good business judgment. Avoid the following pitfalls and the home buying process will go smoothly.

That was in the inspection?
Go over the inspection report with a fine tooth comb. Make sure the report was done by a professional organization. For condo purchases, go over the by-laws, and association fees.

I love the furniture!
Imagine the property vacant. Your furnishings and decorations will be the ones filling this new residence. Don't be swayed by beautiful furniture because it leaves with the owner.

Not viewing enough homes
See at least 3-5 properties. We'll help you view enough properties to get a good overall perspective of your market. And when you find the right property, all the leg work will be worth it.

Unprepared for costs
Check out all your costs and expenses before you sign: utilities, taxes, insurance, maintenance and homeowner dues, if applicable. Make sure all utilities are on (gas, electricity, and water), so you can inspect everything in working order.

No final walk through
Visit the property after all the furnishings have been moved out to be sure there are no surprises. Be absolutely positive the property was left exactly as you had agreed upon in the contract. Many times, things are unintentionally overlooked that could have been spotted in a final walk-through.

Closing dates are not written in stone. Allow for contingencies and have a back-up plan. If you or the sellers need a little more time to conclude the final arrangements, don't let these delays upset or frustrate you. These types of circumstances are not uncommon in a real estate transaction.

Not getting it in writing
All promises and discussions are to be in writing. Don't make any assumptions or believe any assurances. Even the best intentions can be misinterpreted. We can keep an ongoing written log of all discussions, and get the seller's written approval for all agreements.