The home buying journey can be frustrating at times, but it can also be very rewarding, especially when your offer is accepted, and you are handed the keys to your new home. There are important things to remember while on this journey; things that could negatively impact your experience. We’ve put together a list of the top mistakes to avoid when shopping for a home.

  • Trash talk the property in front of the owners
  • Post your real estate thoughts on social media sites (these can be easily viewed)
  • Fail to realize it is possible to find what you want the very first day you go out looking (this happens more than you think…)
  • Sleep on it (in a hot market, if you sleep ON it, you might not get to sleep IN it)
  • Wait to find the absolute PERFECT house (you will always be limited by income, zoning, legislation and/or property taxes, and inventory at the time)
  • Violate the 80/10/10 Rule: if you find a house that has 80% of what you are looking for, 10% of things you can change, and 10% of things you can live with, it’s a keeper
  • Go window shopping and allow people to pull your credit report
  • Have unreasonable expectations
  • Believe what you see on HGTV and reality television (the majority of that stuff is scripted)
  • Consider a short-sale property if you want to be in control of the process or need to move immediately
  • Look for a home before being pre-approved for a loan
  • Get advice from a buying committee that has not purchased in the last year (the rules change almost daily)
  • Neglect to purchase a home warranty
  • Neglect to get a home inspection


Bookmark this one for future reference and feel free to reach out to your Unsalted Living Realtor at any time if you have questions.

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