Top 5 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

First time home buyers often make huge mistakes that could cost them hundreds or even thousands of dollars, either now or in the future. By taking the time to do your homework you can avoid making these top five mistakes that first time home buyers commonly make.

1. Not Being Realistic

The top mistake for a first time home buyer is not being realistic about the cost of not only the home but what it really entails for keeping the home running smoothly. Going from being a renter to a home owner means that now you are the one responsible if something needs to be replaced. If you are not financially prepared for this it could lead to a real hardship for you and your family. You must also figure in the cost of keeping your property in top shape. If you do not do this, the property will not appreciate in value and in the long run, this can cost you thousands of dollars when you decide to sell. Buying above your means will only end up making you "house poor." You want to work to enjoy your house, not kill yourself working to hold on to it.

2. Choosing The Wrong Realtor

Ask your friends and family if they can suggest anyone whom they have done business with or they might know on a personal level. When looking for a realtor, ask for someone who specializes in first time home buyers. These Realtors are usually more patient, not as pushy, and can help walk you through every step in the home buying process.

3. Choosing Your House Too Soon

Being a first time home buyer, you can easily fall in love with the first home you visit. Don't let it happen to you. Make sure you shop around and really get a good idea of things you want and can afford. Homes go on and come off the market daily. So if your dream home isn't in that day's round of showings, don't just settle for the best available. Be patient for the right house to come along. It's worth the extra days of searching to avoid living in a home you aren't entirely happy with for years to come.

4. Understand The Contract

Everything should be spelled out, with no hidden charges or stipulations. If you don't understand or agree with a point listed in the contract, ask questions. Your Realtor is there as your representative and advisor with your best interest in mind.

5. Choosing To NOT Get A Home Inspection

Spending the extra $200 - $400 or so on the home inspection can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars on expenses you may not have even known existed before the inspection. When choosing a home inspector, make sure to check references. Doing so can mean the difference in a good home inspection or not. Don't be fooled by what you can visually see. There may be something wrong with the house that the untrained eye doesn't see and a home inspection will tell you what lies below the surface.

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