October 4th, 2011
Looking Without Knowing Your Price Range
This is a waste of time for you and your real estate agent. It can give you the wrong idea of a realistic fit for your financial situation. The first thing you should do is sit down and figure out what you can afford. Once you’ve done that, your Realtor can show you houses that fit your price range.
Discounting a Great Home Because of Decor
Just because you can’t afford to replace the hideous wallpaper right now doesn’t mean you won’t be able to soon. Getting too picky over small details that can be changed could keep you from ending up in your dream home. Use your imagination and visualize what the house could be like after you’ve put your touch on it.
Shopping Without A Mortgage Pre-Approval
What you have determined you can afford and what banks are willing to lend might not be the same thing. If you go into contract on a home and can’t get the loan you need, you will have wasted a lot of people’s time and gotten your hopes up. Contact a mortgage professional in order to get qualified for a loan before you do any serious house-hunting.