The Top 3 Home Buying Mistakes

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The top 3 home buying mistakes I see home buyers make are: 1.  Choosing The Wrong Agent 2.  Using The Wrong Banker 3.  Hiring The Wrong Attorney Choosing The Wrong Agent Communication is key.  Are you and your agent on the same page?  Are you a team?  Is your agent advising you like a consultant rather than trying to “sell you” on a house? Does your agent know the area…

Your Home Inspection – How To Mess It Up

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Your home inspection is to me the most critical part of buying a home.  Why do I say this?  Because your sales contract while the most important, is handled by your attorney.  If we assume you’re using a great real estate attorney, this should be fine.  Home inspections, on the other hand, can truly hurt you if not done right.   So how do we mess them up?  By not…

Cheap Contractors Don’t Work

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Cheap contractors don’t work.  Period.  You do get what you pay for. Contractor Bids Owning a home is like owning a car.  You have to take care of it.  When it’s time to do major work, it’s smart to get several bids.  However it’s almost always wrong to use the guy who’s so much cheaper. Let’s say you need a new roof.  Your bid requests a price for 25 year…

Home Inspection Issues For Buyers

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Home inspection issues for buyers are huge.  You hire a home inspector to uncover problems so you don’t buy the money pit. Why It’s Stressful Let’s step back a minute and consider this:  Buying a home is stressful.  I work very hard at preparing my customers but it’s still an anxious as well as exciting time.  Everyone knows that purchasing “big ticket” items comes with anxiety.  It’s worse when you…

Inspection Issues for Sellers

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There are ways to handle home inspection issues for sellers so both sides win.  While there are times when inspection issues do create insurmountable problems, this is a rare occurrence.  Why is it, then, that so many contracts fail due to home inspection issues? Going On The Market For Sale We start with where it begins – when you put you home on the market for sale.  You’ve removed clutter, staged it,…

Buying the Money Pit – #10 of 10 Articles on First Time Home Buyer Mistakes

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Buying the Money Pit Buying the money pit is easy when you’re too emotional about a home purchase.  Home buyers can do this because no one buys a house they hate.  You find a home you love and go after it.  Notice the language I just used.  It is very telling.  You look at houses but you buy a home. This is not only the biggest financial purchase most of us…

Choosing a Home Inspector Last Minute – #8 of 10 Articles on First Time Home Buyer Mistakes

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Choosing a home inspector last minute is never a good idea.  Because there is so much at stake for you, it’s essential that you do things right when you’re buying a house.  Choosing a home inspector is one of the most important things you do so let’s do it right. Understand the Process Home inspections are done as soon as the Attorney Review process is concluded.  That’s because you don’t…

Buying A House #6 – Your Home Inspection

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Your home inspection is one of the most important parts of purchasing a house.  We’ve just gone over finding a home inspector; now it’s time to focus on the home inspection itself. What do  you inspect for?  The typical home inspection is for the structure (aka the house), wood destroying insects and radon.  You should also do a tank sweep inspection to make sure there are no unknown abandoned oil…