3 Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

There are many facets of buying a home and the process can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, buying a home is very exciting and if you avoid various home buying mistakes, it will make your home ownership process one that is rewarding for many years to come. I recommend that home buyers avoid these three common mistakes when it comes to purchasing a house.

#1: Not working with a buyer’s agent.
A knowledgeable Realtor can help provide advice that fits your specific situation. An experienced buyer’s agent has worked with hundreds of different home buyers and they can help you understand what’s happening each step of the way. You’ll also be able to ask questions that may come up and your agent will also help you plan for closing costs and other costs that may arise. In addition, a buyer’s agent will help you know if a home is worth the price, what its resale value might be, and they will be your advocate when it comes to negotiations. When it comes to buying a home, you want someone on your side, and a qualified Realtor will be there the whole time.

#2: Not getting pre-approved.
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage serves dual purposes: it shows sellers that you’re serious and it also gives you a realistic idea of how much you can afford for a home. Work with a lender that you trust and gather up all relevant financial documents like pay stubs, tax returns, and bank statements. Your lender will work with you to get the information needed to provide an accurate pre-approval letter. Then, you can start shopping for homes within your budget.

#3: Not getting an inspection by a credentialed inspector.
A credentialed inspector will help alert you to any potential problems that the home may have such as faulty wiring, plumbing leaks, or structural issues. A layperson generally wouldn’t be able to spot these things, so when it comes to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home, it’s worth it to pitch in a little bit extra to pay for a qualified and experienced inspector that holds proper credentials. Skipping that step could be costly, and you may end up paying for it later when you discover something major is wrong with the home.

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to buy a home this autumn, contact me today to help you get the ball rolling!


Posted on October 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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What is a Comparative Market Analysis?


When it comes to buying or selling a home, setting the right price from the get go is one of the most important steps. This requires a little bit of research as to what other homes are selling for in the area so you can judge what the value is of the home that you’re buying or selling. The market ultimately sets the value of a home. One of the best ways to compare your home to others in the area is to use a comparative market analysis (CMA).

What is a CMA?
A comparative market analysis is a report compiled by your Realtor® that provides a helpful evaluation of similar homes that have recently sold (called comparables) that are near a home that is intended to be sold or purchased. The report will give you information about homes that are similar to yours (in size, amenities, location, etc.)  that are either currently for sale, have been recently sold, or those that were listed but expired or removed from the market. A good comparative market analysis will give you the following info:

-What homes like yours are currently selling for
-The amount of time it has taken them to sell
-What prices were in relation to initial list prices

Consider this scenario:
Here is an example of how a CMA can help a family that is looking to write an offer on a home that they want to purchase. The family wants to make an offer on a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home that is 2,000 square feet, located on a quiet street with a big yard, and listed at $300,000. The real estate agent that they are working with provides a comparative market analysis that looks at 3 other properties that have recently sold in the same area. The first is identical but it is located on a busy street and it sold for $274,000. The second property is similar, except offers more square footage, some small upgrades, and sold for $315,000. The other home is the same size but has one less bathroom and needs to be updated. It sold for $265,000. After analyzing these properties, the Realtor® determines that the listing price of $300,000 is fair and recommends that the family writes an offer that is close to asking price. The family purchases the home for $295,000. It’s important to note that an experienced Realtor ® knows what criteria to use in the CMA, taking into account what an appraiser will use for loan approval purposes (ie. comparables that have sold in the last 6 months).

Have more questions about how the CMA affects the value of your home or the home that you’re looking at buying? I’m glad to walk you through the process.  Contact me today for details.

Blog Written by Brooke Strickland (brookestrickland.org)
Tips Provided by Nancy Johns

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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