Buying your first home is one of life's most rewarding experiences and should be a memorable event, but for the right reasons. In this blog post, I'll look at common home buying mistakes and how the average buyer can avoid them and other purchasing pitfalls. Planning is essential when it comes to major purchases. If you take the time to plan every step of the process, there should be no unpleasant surprises or unexpected crises. If you're a first time buyer it's a good idea to get some advice from someone with experience, as well as from your agent. The more information you have, the better.

Alright, let's start looking at some common buying mistakes. One of the most common is impulse buying. Consider your options and don't jump at a home simply because you like the first thing you see. Don't ever "settle" for a home when there are better options available. They may be a bit more expensive, but being happy with the home you have purchased is key, and "settling" for a home is not going to lead to happiness.

Another common mistake is purchasing a home that is far out of their price range. This can easily get a new home owner into a disastrous situation where they cannot afford to make the payments. Once again, careful planning is the best deterrent for this kind of situation. Coming to terms with your financial situation prior to purchasing the home is also a necessity. Be realistic about your ability to pay the bills and the mortgage and have money left over for necessities.

That being said, enjoy this exciting time! Congratulations and best of luck on the purchase of your new home.

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