9 BUYER TRAPS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM!"A systemized approach to the home buying process can help you steer clear of these common traps, allowing you to not only cut costs, but also secure the home that's best for you."
No matter which way you look at it buying a home is a major investment. For many home buyers it can be an even more expensive process than it needs to be, because many fall prey to at least a few of the many common and costly mistakes which trap them into either:
Paying too much for the home they want.
Losing their dream home to another buyer. (ouch)
(or worse) Buying the wrong home for their needs.
A systemized approach to the home buying process can help you steer clear of these common traps, allowing you to not only cut costs, but also secure the home that's best for you.
This important report discusses the 9 most common and costly of these home buyer traps, how to identify them, and what you can do to avoid them.
What price should you offer when you bid on a home? Is the seller's asking price too high, or does it represent a great deal? If you fail to research the market in order to understand what comparable homes are selling for, making your offer would be like bidding blind. Without this knowledge of market value, you could easily bid too much, or fail to make a competitive offer at all. (your agent will be a great source of value knowledge)
2-BUYING THE WRONG HOME!
What are you looking for in a home? A simple enough question, but the answer can be quite complex. More than one buyer has been swept up in the emotion and excitement of the buying process only to find themselves the owner of a home that is either too big or too small. Maybe they're stuck with a longer than desired commute to work, or a dozen more fix-ups than they really want to deal with now that the excitement has died down. Take the time upfront to clearly define your wants and needs. Put in in writing and then use it as a guide to measure every home you look at.
Make sure very early on in the negotiation that you will own your new home free and clear by having a title search completed. The last thing you want to discover when you're in the back stretch of a transaction is that there are encumbrances on the property such as tax liens, undisclosed owners, easements, leases or the like.
As part of your offer to purchase, make sure you include an option to perform a property survey (especially with raw land or new construction). If the current owners do not have a current survey, you may find that there are structural changes that are not shown (e.g. additions to the house. a new swimming pool, a neighbors fence which is extending a boundary line, etc.) Due diligence is key.
5-UNDISCLOSED FIX UPS!
Don't expect every seller to own up to every physical detail that will need to be attended to. Both you and the seller are out to maximize your investment. Ensure that you conduct a thorough inspection of the home early in the process.Consider hiring an independent inspector to objectively view the home inside and out, and make the final contract contingent upon the inspectors report. The inspector should be able to give you a report of any item that needs to be fixed with associated pictures.
6-NOT GETTING A MORTGAGE PRE-APPROVAL!
Pre-approval is fast, easy and free. When you have a pre-approved mortgage, you can shop for your home with a greater sense of freedom and security, knowing that the money will be there when you find the home of your dreams.
If a seller fails to comply to the letter of the contract by neglecting to attend to some repair issues, or changing the spirit of the agreement in some way, this could delay the final closing and settlement. Agree ahead of time on a dollar amount for an escrow fund to cover items that the seller fails to follow through on. (you may need to check with your lender regarding any escrow account for repairs) Prepare a list of agreed issues, walk through them, and check them off one by one.
Make sure you identify and uncover all costs, large and small, far enough ahead of time. When a transaction closes, you will sometimes find fees for this or that, sneaking through after the "sub"-total fees such as loan disbursement charges, underwriting fees etc. (the pre-closing statement will help with disclosing these fees) Your lender will provide you with projected charges in writing.
9-RUSHING THE CLOSING!
Take your time during this critical part of the process. You will receive documents for review prior to closing. Make sure this documentation perfectly reflects your understanding of the transaction, and that nothing has been added or subtracted. Is the interest rate right? Is everything covered? If you do not review these documents prior to close, you may run into a last minute snag that you can't fix without compromising the terms of the deal, the financing, or even the sale itself.
Find out if your agent offers a buyer profile system or a house hunting service, which takes the guesswork out of finding just the right home that matches your needs. This type of program will cross match your criteria with ALL available homes on the market and supply you with listings within your buying capabilities. Keep in mind that your agent is an excellent source of information and works closely with his/her team of professionals.
Presented by Isaac Avilez, Associate Broker at Realty One Group bit.ly/801contact
*I am licensed in the field of real estate and advise you to hire any applicable professional for legal, tax, mortgage lenders, or financial advisers.