Debra Tosh - ReMax Real Estate Professional.


Top 10 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

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10.   Timing Problems
Not planning the move to co-incide with the end of their lease often creates a big dent in the budget. Check with your landlord about an early release clause from your lease if you are considering buying a home.
9.   Looking at Homes You Can't Afford
You might find that when you do a reality check and start looking in your price range that the houses are rather disappointing. Get pre-qualified and then stick within your budget.
8.   Buying the Wrong Sized Home
Consider how long you plan on being in the property and plan for any lifestyle changes that could possibly happen.
7.   Buying in a Neighborhood You Know Nothing About
Think about whether or not this neighborhood will make you as happy as the house does. Do your homework.
6.   Operating on a First-House-is-Best Theory
Season your eyes by inspecting different types of homes. This will help establish your objectivity after coming from a renting situation.
5.   Buying a Property That's Difficult to Resell
Walk yourself through all the negatives to the property. Most first-time home buyers sell within five to seven years. Think long and hard about how you would sell the home prior to buying.
4.   Overextending Your Budget
Avoid feeling pinched - just because you have been pre-qualified to a certain level doesn't mean that is where your comfort zone is for payments. Write down everything you spend for two months, that will give you a real picture of what you spend. Then plan for emergencies, vacations, savings, and upkeep of the new home. You'll have a much better picture of what kind of payments you can really afford.
3.   Being Indecisive
Take all the time you need, but don't be afraid to make a commitment when you've found your dream home. Everyone gets cold feet at some time during the process.
2.   Choosing the Wrong Mortgage
The five year fixed rate is not the only or necessarily the best answer. Have your lender show you on paper how much each program will cost you and how they compare with each other.
1.   Under-insuring the Property
Forgetting to increase insurance coverage as the home appreciates in value or neglecting to properly insure the replacement value of the contents.
    Debra Tosh
RE/MAX Quinte Ltd. Brokerage
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