First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes You Can Avoid

by Dandeneau Team Real Estate 11/03/2019

With so much to think about these days, it is not surprising that some first-time home buyers make mistakes they later regret as they shop for a home for sale. Presented here are some of the most popular mistakes, along with tips to help you avoid a similar fate.

Looking for a home before getting a mortgage

Many first-time buyers make the mistake of seeing houses first before ever scheduling an appointment with a lending institution. In some big markets, housing inventory is still tight, and competition is so frightening. You might discover that you are eager to spend more to buy a property, or lose a property because you are not even pre-approved for a mortgage.

What is the solution to this? 

Before you fall in love with that perfect dream house you have been looking at all this while, ensure you get a complete underwritten pre-approval letter. Being pre-approved sends the signal that you are a serious buyer whose credit and finances are ready to get a loan successfully.

Buying a house that your financial muscle cannot carry

It’s easy to fall in love with houses that might make you spend more, but over-stretching yourself can cause you regrets later. It could even put you at higher risk of losing your home if you fall on the unpleasant hammer of hard financial times.

Any remedy? 

The best way to overcome this issue is to concentrate on the monthly expenses you can genuinely afford instead of looking at the highest loan amount you qualify for. Just because you are eligible for a $250,000 loan, that doesn’t mean you can afford the monthly payments that come with it. Factor in your other financial obligations that do not show on a credit report along with additional home expenses like insurance and taxes when deciding on how much house you can afford.

Emptying your savings just to buy a house

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is spending every dime you have. When you invest all your cash, including your savings on the down payment and closing costs, you set yourself up for disappointment. It will do you no good.

Some people make the mistake of spending all they have saved to make the required 20% down payment, so they don’t have to pay for mortgage insurance. However, they are making a grave mistake as they are left with no savings at all.

Homebuyers who pay 20 percent or more down do not have to pay for mortgage insurance when getting a conventional mortgage. That often translates into significant savings on the monthly mortgage payment. However, it is not worth the risk of living on the edge.

Here comes the solution.Let your aim be to save three to six months of living expenses in an emergency fund. Paying mortgage insurance is not the best, but killing your emergency or retirement savings just to make a sizeable down payment is even more of risk.

Talk to your real estate agent about their mortgage and lender recommendations and get yourself pre-approved for a realistic mortgage before starting your home search.

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Respected for their in-depth knowledge of the marketplace and an instinctive ability to understand a client's needs, Steve & Enza provide local perspective in addition to current market trends when working with buyers & sellers in Central Connecticut. They love meeting new people and asking them questions in order to find mutual interest and build rapport. They enjoy the challenge of identifying, analyzing and finding solutions to help the client achieve their goals. 

Their expertise in negotiating yields the best results. Steve & Enza take a critical view of the market and understands the subtle "personality" differences of the many towns within the Greater Hartford, Tolland, & Middlesex Counties. 

As a member of all the local, state & national realtor associations,they've received many of the Top Sales award honors during their 30+ yrs of experience, including the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors Yearly Sales award, President & Chairman's Club, Monthly Top Sales Person, Multi-Million Dollar Club, International President's Circle, Honor Society; President's Circle and Chairman's Circle - Top 2% Nationally at BHHS New England Properties. In addition to their real estate connections, Steve & Enza are well known in their community thru their involvement and support over the years of the RHAM High School Music Boosters, Youth Athletic Leagues & Soccer Club, Boy & Girl Scouts, PTO, the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and, Enza has served as President of the Marlborough Business Association. 

Steve & Enza specialize in Creative Marketing for Sellers, Buyer Representation & Relocation for Residential, New Construction, Condominium, 55 Active Adult Communities and Land Sales.