First Time Buyers Mistakes | Baltimore Wholesale Property | Baltimore

First time buyers should not feel intimated by the real estate market but they should be somewhat knowledgeable! Buying a home can be very exciting but one mistake could take the wind right out of your sails.

Read below to see our list of the biggest mistakes first-time buyers commit. This will hopefully allow you to  prepare ahead of time!

First Time Buyers Mistakes

Spending Too Much

Before you start your house hunting, take a good look at what you make versus the expenses you currently have and determine exactly how much you can comfortably afford. Keep in mind, you will owe more than just a mortgage payment each month. There are also taxes and insurance costs to factor in. Your utility bills might be higher if you’re moving into a larger house. There is no point in buying a home if you struggle each month to make ends meet. Even if you are approved for more than you expected doesn’t necessarily mean that you should exploit it.

Buying in an Area You Aren’t Familiar With

It’s great to shop around in other parts of town. You are much more likely to find your dream home if you don’t set your geographical boundaries too tight. That said, make sure you fully research the area before you move. Talk to locals. You can even flag down your potential new neighbors and find out what they have to say about the area. Try local restaurants, walk the neighborhood, and visit at different times of the day. You should also consider the commute time. You wouldn’t want to move into a new house only to find out traffic now adds an extra hour to your time in the car.

Not Saving Your Money

As a homeowner, you will inevitably need to make unexpected repairs. Things like plumbing problems, heating issues, or broken water heater can happen often and without warning. However, many people aren’t prepared for these expenses. You should always keep money set aside for the “unexpected” necessities. Don’t get blind-sided by repair work. Be ready to make a major repair if necessary.

Trying to Do It All Alone

You can learn a lot online. In fact, we encourage you to do as much research as possible. However, nothing can compete with the value of a knowledgeable professional by your side. This is especially true if you are a first-time buyer.  Avoid going directly to the listing agent. They work for the seller and will be trying to get the most money possible for their client. It is best to find a professional who has your best interest in mind. Read online reviews and obtain references. Find out who your friends have worked with in the past and how the experience was. Working with the right people will help you avoid making common, first-time buyer mistakes.

Not Having Imagination

Some houses you see aren’t going to perfect in your eyes. So many people are put off by bad wallpaper or a cluttered entryway, that they stop considering the house as an option. Look past cosmetic issues and instead focus more on the “bones” of the house, as well as location, yard, and the price. A few small changes and a can of paint can go a long way!

Not Getting Pre-Approved

There is nothing worse than finding the home of your dreams, only to find out you won’t be able to afford it. Sometimes getting approved can take a little work, and you want to get that out of the way before you start house hunting. It will save everyone’s time and make the buying process go smoothly. Being “pre-approved” is not necessarily a guarantee of funds until the lender has reviewed the property, however, you can set yourself up in advance for a smooth transaction by doing this FIRST.

As a first-time buyer, the process might seem overwhelming, but if you know what to watch out for, you can have peace of mind while shopping for your dream home. Remember to enjoy the process, this is a purchase you won’t soon forget!

Are you a first-time buyer looking for a house in Baltimore? We can help you navigate the process! Send us a message now, or give our team a call! (443) 863-9808 

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