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Buying a Home? Don’t Make these Financial Blunders

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Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. Travel down the right path and you’ll be happy with where things end up. Travel down the wrong path and you may look back and wonder what you were thinking.

For most people, buying a home comes down to one thing: finding the right property at a price they are willing to pay.

While this sounds simple enough, especially if you keep an open mind in regards to your wants and needs, there are some financial blunders that could stand in your way. Here are three that you need to avoid:

•    Neglecting to negotiate. No matter how excited you are about a particular home, you should always think long and hard about the offer you present. While you may end up paying full price in the end, it’s always a good idea to negotiate.
•    Forgetting to set a budget. Unless you can absolutely afford almost every house on the market (which isn’t the case for most people), you need to set a budget that guides every aspect of your search. Without this, you could find yourself spending more than you want.
•    Letting your excitement get the best of you. It’s easy to get so excited about buying a home that you forget about money and go for the gusto. This is a mistake that entirely too many people make. It’s good that you’re excited about buying a home, but don’t let this cloud your judgment to the point of making a poor financial decision.

These are just a few of the financial blunders that could come into play when buying a home. Here’s the good thing: all of these can be prevented if you take the right approach and are careful about the decisions you make.

Have you purchased a home in the past? Did you make any financial mistakes? Could they have been avoided? Share your personal experiences in the comment section below.

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Frank on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:45

1st home purchase is always tough as you are entering into unknown territory. I would recommend to get as much advice as possible to help you through the process. These tips are also great! A good realtor will help!

1st home purchase is always tough as you are entering into unknown territory. I would recommend to get as much advice as possible to help you through the process. These tips are also great! A good realtor will help!
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