Common Mistakes Made by First-Time Buyers

by Domenico Ceruzzi 05/05/2019

First-time homebuyers are prone to making a lot of mistakes when it comes to picking a home, due to many reasons—one of which is just plain old inexperience. If you plan to buy your first home soon, these are a few things you want to avoid.

  1. Not having a budget. It might surprise you to know but a lot of first time home buyers don’t have a spending budget before they start looking. Or sometimes, they look at houses that are way over what they can afford and end up spelling more money than they ought to. It's always better to clearly define what you are willing to spend on the new house and stick with it. That way you have a more comprehensive search scope that you can share with your realtor.
  2. Being overly emotional. Sometimes you see a house that looks like the builder intentionally had you in mind. But sometimes it's better to put your emotions in check because it might reduce your bargaining power with the seller. Being too excited might even make you oblivious to specific reasons why the home may not be a good fit for you.
  3. Not factoring additional costs of renovations and home improvements. Having a budget and firmly sticking to it is not enough, you also have to take into consideration the costs of any home additions or repair work you think of doing. You want to change the lamp fixtures or faucets in the showers? Be prepared to spend a little more.
  4. Underestimating the costs of maintaining the home. Sure, you get to buy the house at a giveaway price but have you stopped to consider what it will cost you to keep the house in that condition? Lots of first time home buyers don't do this. Electricity bill, gas bill cable bills, and even homeowner association fees are things that any home buyer should consider before concluding on any deal.
  5. Not hiring an agent. Winging it on your own is probably the most common mistake first-time buyers make. In a bid to save some money, they neglect to hire an agent of their own and choose to work directly with the seller or even worse, the seller’s agent themselves. More likely than not, what’s going to happen is a novice buyer who finds himself outclassed by an experienced salesperson.

Whatever you do, avoid these mistakes by contacting a real estate professional in your area.

About the Author
Author

Domenico Ceruzzi

Domenico was born and raised in central western Italy by the Tirreno Sea. He moved to New York in 1990 where he resided for seven years, then moved to New Jersey; he made his way to the lovely Naples, FL in 2010 and having had the busy metropolitan life experience, he holds a great appreciation for the laid-back Southwest Florida lifestyle. 

He chose real estate as his career in 2004 because for him “nothing is more rewarding than being able to find and deliver a very important part of the American Dream to people, and their appreciation and long-lasting gratitude, in return, is priceless" 

Domenico chose Amerivest Realty in October of 2012 as he was attracted to the firm for its bold market presence and serious commitment to agent support. 

Some tidbits you might find interesting about Domenico: 

He was a paratrooper in the Italian Army with a specialization in drug management. He is an avid scuba diver. He is a well seasoned, fine cuisine, cook. He is certainly a multifaceted man and dynamic real estate agent and Amerivest Realty is proud to have him on the team.