By Steadman Issenburg
Buying a home is one of the most important and significant financial decisions that most people ever make. And because of the large sums of money that are involved, there are definite pitfalls and problems that you want to do your best to avoid as you make your decision.
One of the most common mistakes that many home buyers make is not getting pre-approved or pre-qualified for their mortgage loan in advance of starting their home shopping. As a result, if they put in an offer on a home at the same time that another prospective buyer makes an offer, and that buyer has been pre-qualified, the other buyer will almost always get the house because of having their financial arrangements already in order. So avoid this mistake by arranging for your mortgage loan in advance.
Another common mistake that is made is not enlisting the help of a qualified realtor in the home buying process. Buying a home these days is becoming more and more complex and involved. So having your own realtor who is looking out for your best interests and is knowledgeable about all the real estate requirements for your area can save a lot of headache and hassle.
Sometimes home buyers also rush into buying a home too soon. So its very important to take your time in the buying process, and not allow yourself to feel as if you are under pressure to buy a particular home quickly. New homes go on the market all the time, so be patient and you'll be able to find a home you want, at the price you want, soon enough.
The opposite of that scenario can also be a big mistake. There are some home buyers who have such stringent requirements for their dream home, that they often pass up excellent homes that are very good bargains simply because their demands are unreasonably high. In a rising market, this can often cost them very dearly in the process. So although you may have very definite ideas about a home you would like to purchase, try to realize that some small compromises are usually necessary when buying a new home.
Sometimes home buyers get carried away emotionally and become attached to a home that is actually out of their price range too, and then saddle themselves with a huge debt that is difficult for them to pay. Most often financial institutions will help try to prevent such a situation, but buying restraint needs to start with the home buyer first. A good practice is never to even look at a home that falls outside of your affordable price range to begin with.
Whenever you are seriously looking at any home, be sure to inspect it thoroughly before you agree to the sale and sign the papers. It's usually best to hire a quality home inspector on your own to go through the property and give you an unbiased assessment of its condition. If major problems are found, it can save you a lot of money by making this small investment.
One other common mistake that you want to avoid is not being aware of all restrictions that may be placed on your property by local zoning laws or homeowners associations. You may have specific plans for improving your property after the purchase, but you need to make sure that there are no restrictions on the plans that you have in mind before you buy.
These are some of the more common mistakes that homebuyers have made in the past that you can learn from. So before you buy your next home, review this list of tips and ideas to help make your home buying experience a successful one.