It’s probably not too often that you see a blog about a blog…. rather ironic really. But what I really wanted to convey with this is the usefulness of our two blogs “Pendleton Real Estate Pro” and “The Real Estate Pros“. Both blogs address the big questions that many of you have for realtors such as “Qualities and Traits a Realtor Should Have“, “The Benefits of an FHA Loan“, and “Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a House.” In addition to tips and tricks in real estate we also cover local events, spotlight local businesses, and even include fun and creative recipes, crafts, home decorating tips, and talk about our love for our four-legged friends as well. These blogs can be an excellent resource for anyone looking to buy or sell a home as well as any current home owners or those living in the Pendleton/Anderson area. Be sure to check out both blogs and feel free to ask us as many questions as you like!
We all know the saying, “live and learn” and that is certainly a mantra in the home buying world. That is why I am letting you first time home buyers in on some of my hard earned experience and sharing with you some mistakes that I as well as some clients have made.
* Don’t go it alone. I’ve seen many potential buyers think that they can navigate the home buying process without the assistance and guidance of an experienced realtor. Unfortunately, all too often this ends in headache and financial loss.
* Don’t forgo the pre-approval from your lender. There is truly no worse feeling then watching the house of your dreams slip through your fingers because you didn’t get the loan pre-approval. This way you can also help determine your price range.
* Don’t exceed your budget. While the new house prospects out there are all very tempting you have to remember that there will be other expenses that arise as well. It is important to be financially responsible so that you don’t end up over your head in expenses.
* Don’t EVER skip a home inspection. Sure the house may look great or you may not want to spend the money on an inspection but be rest assured, it is the best money you will ever spend. You would be amazed at the unforeseen issues that may arise.
* Don’t get hung up on the little things that are easy to change (i.e. paint, carpet, fixtures, drapes, etc.) You wouldn’t want to pass up on a great house because of the color of the kitchen, which would cost on average $50 to repaint.
* With that being said, don’t ignore the bigger issues that aren’t so easily fixed (i.e. not enough natural light, layout of the home, location, etc)
When buying a house there are so many things running through your head like, “is this the school system we want our future kids to go to?, “will all of my shoes possibly fit in this closet?” and “I wonder if there are hard wood floors under this out-dated carpet?” And while questions like these are oh-so-important there are 5 questions that most potential home buyers forget to ask.
1.) Why is this house for sale? While the answer may be innocent enough such as the kids moving out, moving for a job, etc. the answer may also surprise you and could provide some insight when writing your offer.
2.) Has the property been tested for radon? This question could literally save your life.
3.) Are there many kids or dogs in the neighborhood? The answer to this question could be either positive or negative depending on what you are looking for in a neighborhood.
4.) What is the home’s zoning guidelines? This is an especially important question if you are thinking about adding on any structural additions to the home.
5.) Has this home ever had a mold inspection? If the answer is no… get one. If the answer is yes make sure to look at the results thoroughly. This could help avoid some very costly and potentially dangerous issues down the road.