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While most people dream of owning a home, only a few make it a reality. It would be best if you put some things in place before you start this journey. Below are five things you should avoid to save you many hassles as you begin searching for your dream home.
Not Getting Pre-approved
What is pre-approval? To get pre-approved, the lender verifies your financial information and then submits your loan for primary underwriting. Unlike pre-qualification, pre-approval takes a lot of time. However, it is worth the hassle because it indicates that you are a serious buyer.
After the mortgage underwriter determines that you are an approved buyer, you will often get conditions with the pre-approval, such as completing a satisfactory appraisal after finding a suitable property. When there are multiple offers in real estate, you can only stand out if you have a pre-approval.
Choosing the Real Estate Agent Inappropriately
Whether one is buying or selling a house, one of the main factors they should consider is the real estate agent they will be working with. The right real estate agent will prioritize your best interest and act as an advisor and not a salesperson.
They will go ahead to educate you on what is in the market and help you identify for-sale homes that match your needs, like budget and design. Ensure that you are also comfortable working with the agent and that they keep your financial information confidential.
Not Heeding to the Real Estate Agent’s Advice
Have you found the right real estate agent? Now it is time to listen to their counsel and trust them. Since the agent is working to meet your needs, they will guide you through the transaction appropriately and help you save some money.
They will also point out various things you need to check out for as you walk through the home. When you find your dream home, remember to cross-check these things. Your real estate agent will also give you essential information so that you can make a fair offer.
When buying a house, you have to be flexible because you do not control some things. For instance, if the seller of your dream house is closing on a home on your closing date, they cannot get the house cleaned at that time. You have to allow some changes on your closing date so that you allow time for cleaning. You will get to the closing table with no much pressure.
Having Unrealistic Expectations
When you decide to buy a home, first learn the local real estate market, for instance what they offer at what price. If your approved loan is average, you do not expect to get a large house with several bedrooms and bathrooms. You can only work within your limit. It does not mean you will not get a beautiful home; it only means you might have to go for a smaller size.
It is an exciting experience to own a home. However, if you do not consider a few elements, your journey to owning a home can be an uphill struggle. Get a pre-approval, choose the real estate appropriately, listen to them, be flexible, and don’t have high expectations. With these in place, you will love the journey to owning your new home!