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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Buying a Home

If you are looking for a new home, then you need to avoid making mistakes. The property market is extremely competitive at the moment – it’s very difficult to find the perfect property. You need to approach your home search decisively, with confidence. The best way to do this is to research what some commonly made mistakes are. By knowing what mistakes are usually made by homebuyers, you can avoid them and increase your chances of finding the perfect house.

This article will tell you how you can avoid some common mistakes when buying a new home:

Property Sites

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when you are searching for property is not using property search sites. Not only do these sites allow you to search by geographical location and with specific filters, but in the words of the property specialists from eXp Realty, it’s also possible to receive live updates on new listings. If you are going to use property sites in your search, then you need to read their reviews, and only use sites that have broad property indexes. A website’s reviews will tell you everything that you need to know about it.

Overlooking Math

Another mistake that you need to avoid is overlooking the financial aspects of your search. Many people when they are looking for a house come up with a figure, then search using it without actually sitting down and working out how much they can reasonably afford. This more often than not leads to them making an offer, then realizing that their bank won’t give them a mortgage that large – or realizing that they cannot afford to pay the deposit. The first thing that you need to do when you are looking for new property is to sit down and work out the financial aspects. You need to know exactly how much you can afford from the very beginning of your search.

Property Location

When you are searching for property, it needs to be within your ideal geographic range. Before you can start searching effectively you need to know what your range is. If you don’t then you will end up viewing and looking at properties that are too far away, and then you will get disappointed when you realize that you cannot move there. Most property sites allow you to put specific locations and ranges in as filters, making your search more concise. Before deciding upon a location, sit down with your loved ones and talk about where you ideally all want to move. If you are alone, then factor in work, family, and your social life.


If you are going to move to another state or country, then you need to factor in its temperate. Moving to an idyllic sunny island might seem good in principle, but if you suffer from heat intolerances or don’t respond well to high temperatures, then it’s a very bad decision. You can easily find out an area’s temperature by checking online. Most weather forecast sites will tell you how hot or cold an area is on a daily basis, for most of the year. You can also see real-time weather updates, usually forecast 14 days in advance. If you are moving to another town in your state, however, then it isn’t necessary to check the temperature.

Offline Searches

You also need to remember that your search doesn’t end online. You can find properties offline by visiting real estate agents’ offices, reading magazines, and driving around. Many real estate agents will place listings in their windows. Some of these listings aren’t online. This allows you to see exclusive properties, that only passers-by can see. Additionally, some homeowners put for sale signs up without ever listing their properties on the internet. If you have a specific area that you want to move to and it’s not too far from you, then you should definitely go out on the hunt in your car or on foot.

Researching Areas

If you have a specific area that you want to move to in mind, then you need to make sure that you research it. Just because an area looks pretty, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its problems. You need to research your chosen area’s crime statistics and noise levels. This is so that you can confidently buy a house there, without having to deal with these things later on. Many people do not research the areas that they are going to live in, only to find out that they have moved to dangerous, high-crime areas. If you want to live in a quiet neighborhood, then you need to make sure that you are away from schools and busy urban centers, also.

Conduct Viewings

Another very big mistake made by a surprisingly large number of first-time homebuyers is not conducting viewings on the properties that they are interested in buying. The COVID-19 pandemic struck suddenly two years ago and real estate agents were no longer able to hold physical viewings, so viewings went online. Now, the pandemic’s mostly over and some agents are still insistent upon holding online viewings. You need to tell the agent with whom you are working that you want to see the property in person and that online viewings won’t suffice.

Irrelevant Features

When you are viewing a house, try not to focus on irrelevant features such as the property’s interior design, the color of paint, or the state of its garden. Many home buyers focus on these things, ignoring the truly important things, like dampness, mold, and structural issues. You should always hire a professional to visit the property and check it out for any issues, prior to making an offer. Superficial things can always be fixed later.

Not Bargaining

Whenever you are interested in a property, always try and bargain. Bargaining can’t hurt. If the seller isn’t receptive to your offers, then you can always offer them what they want (if you can afford it and are comfortable doing so). Bargaining could save you a lot of money.  Your agent should do this on your behalf.

If you are buying property, then you need to make sure that you make as few mistakes as possible. The best way to avoid making mistakes is to enlist the help of a professional real estate agent and to use a quality real estate website, that gives you a wide range of properties to choose from.

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