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7 Common Homebuyer Regrets

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7 Common Homebuyer Regrets

Most homebuyers don’t regret becoming homeowners. In fact, owning a home is one of the biggest contributors to lifestyle satisfaction. But this
doesn’t mean that these homebuyers don’t have regrets about their buying choices. Most new homeowners will happily share some of the mistakes they made and how they could have avoided them.  Fortunately, you don’t need to learn from your own mistakes. 

Here are the 7 most common homebuyer regrets.

Spending Too Much

There’s nothing wrong with stretching a little but overpaying for what you really need is the largest regret most new homebuyers have.

Rushing into the Home Purchase

In a competitive market, it may feel like you need to move quickly, but some homeowners later regret the house, the neighborhood, or the city later.

Miscalculating the Cost of Homeownership

There are a lot of extra costs to homeownership: maintenance, repairs, upgrades, taxes, insurance, etc.

Not Shopping for a Mortgage

With interest rates on the rise, it’s important to take the time to look at all mortgage options before choosing.

Underestimating the Time or Cost of Renovations

– Oh those HGTV shows that make renovations and upgrades look easy. Often, new homeowners find they are incapable of doing the work and wind up with half-finished or poorly completed work.  A lot the HGTV show “I wrecked my house”.

Choosing a Home that doesn’t Fit

It’s easy to fall in love with a great view or chef’s kitchen, but if you need 4 bedrooms, then buy a home with 4 bedrooms.

Not Using an Agent

It’s more common than you think for a homebuyer to walk through an open house and use the seller’s agent to
“save money.” They may get a small credit due to lower commission, but they lose having their own advocate in the process.
No one wants to look back at their home purchase and have regrets. Consider these common mistakes before you head out, so you can buy the
right home at the right price for your needs.

Now a days there is so much information on the internet, tv and social media, and it may seem like you have all the information you need to make educated decisions.  It would be very easy to fall into any of these 7 common homebuyer regrets but good news is you don’t have to.  Having an advocate there to look out for those pitfalls means the entire experience will be so much better.

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Carrie Ann Kilpatrick

Northeast Florida Living

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