Avoid these Common Home Buying Mistakes

Hearing the phrase “low interest rates” may spark a sudden interest in buying a house. It may even push them into purchasing a house when they’re not even financially ready. By making poor decisions, homeowners are likely to fall behind on their monthly payments and end up in a debacle. A house is a great investment and your finances should be carefully planned out and sorted before proceeding to close out the deal. Here are some tips on how to avoid some common homebuyer mistakes.

first time buyer mistakes

Many homeowners do not create a set budget on their house. Without doing so, you can easily lose track of how much you’re spending. Many people don’t take in the fact that the real estate market may depreciate and scenarios can happen where the head of the household loses their job or emergencies occurring. By buying your dream house and extending your finances you may be spending more than what you can afford. The difficulties of paying off a high monthly rent upon losing a job can possibly lead to a foreclosure of all things. One good way of getting an idea of your budget is to get preapproved. By doing this, you can eliminate price ranges that are not realistic for you and won’t have you struggling in the end.

If you’re buying a house with plans of moving out after a couple years, you’re likely to lose money in the end. Many renters who aren’t building any equity through an apartment think it’s a good idea to jump into the housing market with little preparation. Within those two years, you probably won’t be seeing a huge boost in its value. Factor in things such as: depreciating assets, closing costs, and property taxes and you won’t be receiving the lucrative investment that you thought you were going to get.

If you don’t place a down payment on your home, expect to see your monthly payments and interest rates increase. A recommended down payment is 20% of the cost. By covering one-fifth of the home, you won’t have to pay your mortgage insurance in the case of an emergency occurring forcing you to sell. With a small down payment, the mortgage insurance must be paid until as much as 20% of the house is paid off. This could save you lots of money, which is why preparing for the purchase and building up your money before entering the housing market could work to your advantage.


Kuba Jewgieniew is the head of Realty ONE Group, a real estate brokerage firm with a commitment to providing exceptional customer support and developing a solid rapport with clients along the way.