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Four Things Homeowners Wish They Knew Before Buying Their First Home

by ML Meade 12/02/2018

Buying a home is an extensive process that comes with a bit of a learning curve. For first time buyers, this process involves making mistakes and learning from them.

While we can never be 100% sure of our home buying decisions, there is a way to increase your chances of making the best choices when it comes to buying and maintaining your first home.

In today’s post, we’re going to do just that. We’ll take a look at some of the biggest things that homeowners wish they knew before buying their first house.

1. Forgetting to research the neighborhood

It’s easy to become so enamored with your dream home that you barely look beyond its fence. However, the neighborhood your home is in can have a huge effect on your daily life. Having local parks, safe sidewalks to walk on, and road infrastructure that doesn’t drive you crazy on your daily commute are all important aspects of choosing the right home.

2. Getting pressured into making a decision

Many times, a seller will want to portray their home as being highly sought after to encourage higher and more frequent offers. Similarly, you may find that your own family has time constraints and want to make a quick decision to buy a home.

It’s when we’re under pressure that we can make choices that we aren’t happy with in the long run. So, in these situations, make sure you don’t make any snap judgments on a home. If it seems like you’re being pressured into making a decision without enough time to consider all of the possibilities, there’s a good chance you should pass on this opportunity.

3. Forgetting that you might someday have to sell this home

Sometimes homes can be difficult to sell due to things like their location and surroundings. For instance, a home that is remote or one that is located in low-scoring school districts may not matter to you if you don’t plan on having children. But, they likely will be important to a lot of your potential buyers when it comes time to sell the home.

This lesson also holds true for what you do with your home once you buy it. Making renovations or design choices that won’t appeal to the average buyer can make your home more difficult to sell and harder to get top dollar for.

4. Didn’t consider all financing options

There are several steps and several options when it comes to financing a home. Not only are the several mortgage lenders to choose from, but there are also many different types of loans available.

While there may not be one “right” decision when it comes to financing your home, it’s a good idea to do your homework and browse carefully all of the lenders and mortgage types.

Consider ways to increase your credit score or save for a higher down payment before buying if possible, so that you can secure the lowest interest rate possible.

About the Author

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ML Meade
ML is one of the most well-respected and successful Realtors® in the Marco Island market, often achieving top producer status. Continually taking courses and seminars and achieving additional certifications, ML feels it is important to keep abreast of all the latest trends and information available. Regardless of price point or location, she provides every customer with individualized service and a home buying or selling experience that exceeds expectations. ML receives rave reviews from customers for her knowledge of the current market, technical skills, honesty, professionalism, high-impact marketing techniques, listening and negotiating skills. ML believes that charity begins at home and is a member of many community organizations that raise thousands of dollars for local charities. She co-founded the Marco Island Half Marathon, is a member of the Marco Police Foundation and Certified Emergency Response Team, serves as director of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and is a member of the Marco Chamber of Commerce and 2010 Leadership Marco. She is also a member of the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS®, Naples Board of REALTORS®, Florida Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. ML’s awards include the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, 2008-2015 Top Producer, Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® and the Robbie Clark Award. Designations/Licenses: Accredited Buyer Representative, e-Pro Internet Professional, Graduate REALTOR Institute, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)