How to Avoid Costly Mistakes as a First-Time Home Buyer

Montrose Home for First Time Buyers - Atha Team BlogFor anyone who’s a first-time home buyer, there can be a lot of things to think about. One of those is financial, of course, but there’s more to the equation than just whether you’re getting a good price for the house you’re buying. There are mental and emotional stressors that come along with buying a house, too, and you want to avoid those as much as possible. You can reduce your chances of making a number of costly mistakes when you know more about the home-buying process. Here are some important things to consider.

You Should Really Get a Home Inspection

Even if you’re familiar with what to look for in a house you’re buying, as a first-time buyer it’s a great idea to get a home inspection. That can reduce the chances that you’ll end up buying something you shouldn’t, or that a significant problem or issue will be overlooked. While you don’t have to get an inspection, and it’s not free, it’s well worth the cost. That’s especially true for an inexperienced buyer, because the stress and excitement of buying a first home can sometimes mean that other things get overlooked. Having a home inspection will help avoid all of that.

Don’t Pay Too Much – There Will Be Other Houses

No matter how much you love that house, don’t overpay for it. That could lead you to a serious case of buyer’s remorse later on, especially if you go to sell the house later and can’t get a fair price out of it. Some first-time buyers get into bidding wars and other difficulties because they really want a house, but you want to make sure you’re paying a fair price. Plus, if you’re getting a mortgage, the house will have to appraise for the price you’re paying or your loan will be denied.

Montrose Home for First Time Buyers - Atha Team BlogTrust the Information Your Agent Provides

It’s important to do your own research and be an informed buyer, but you also want to trust your agent. Choose a Colorado real estate agent you feel good about and comfortable with. Then you can trust what that agent is telling you, and let them guide you through the process in a way that works for you. Buying your first house is a significant event in life, and you want a good agent by your side.

Begin Working With a Lender Early

By talking to a lender early on, you can find out more about what you need to buy a house. You may not be quite ready yet, or you may have saved and gotten your credit ready for years. Either way, a lender can work with you and your agent to ensure that you know all you need to about the purchase you’re making. Since it’s such a large purchase, you want to take the time to get it right. That can involve not just a great real estate agent and the right house, but a lender who’s willing to guide you, as well.

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