Buying a house is one of the most significant decisions which one has to take in one's life, and it is not so easy as it looks. Apart from arranging finance, it involves many other considerations including legal and emotional considerations.
It is also costly to commit mistakes while buying a house, and one should avoid committing any mistake while buying a house. As such, you should carefully understand certain aspects of buying a house;
- It is always better to solicit the help of a representative who is specialized in dealing with these matters. It may look that you are saving money by not engaging any agent on your behalf, but assessing the value of the property and related documentation require support of an expert. Moreover, sometimes the agent with whom you are dealing with may look to be working for you, while in fact the agent may be representing the seller who may have been negotiating with you and came to you in response to your call or mail, and you may have thought and formed an opinion that the agent is working for you while the agent may be working for the seller.
- It is advisable to explore as many houses or apartments as possible. You should rarely be able to buy an apartment or house of your choice sitting inside your present accommodation.
- The housing market is highly varied depending "location, style, size, amenities and condition", and it is difficult to find a house which may meet cent-per-cent of your requirements. This is not a realistic goal, and you should avoid the fallacy of buying the "perfect house" as while you wait, the real estate prices may continue to escalate.
- There are many types of mortgages and plans, and you should carefully compare the same before settling for one.
- Pre-approval gives you a fair idea of the price which you will have to pay to buy the house. It is advisable to obtain a pre-approval.
- Some persons simply skip the process of inspections. Inspections give you confidence as regards the property and the related documentation. It should not be skipped to save few hundred dollars.
- You should be clear about your budgets including the post-buying expenses. Post-buying expenses may include furnitures, fixtures, and other decorations. If you over spend buying a house, and have no resources to spend on all these essential items, the house shall look empty and give a poor look. Moreover, funds should be earmarked for regular up-keep of the property to maintain it in good condition.