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Five Myths First-Time Homebuyers Should Ignore

December 11, 20233 min read

Five Myths First-Time Homebuyers Should Ignore!

5 Myths Home Buyers Should Ignore

First of all, every buyer’s experience is different. Secondly, there are a lot of myths that circulate about buying a home. Today, we’re debunking some of the most popular home-buying myths.

Here are five fallacies that first-time home-buyers can ignore:

1. You’ll save money if you don’t use a real estate agent.

Of course, this myth is one that we take personally. And why not? It is simply not true. Even if you think you’re prepared to search for a home, schedule all of your showings, complete the proper paperwork and take yourself through closing (all incredibly good reasons to have a real estate agent), why would you not have a licensed and insured expert working for you – particularly if you know that sellers typically cover all agent fees? A real estate agent’s commission is built into the selling price of a home. That means it has already been determined by the time you might consider buying, or even touring through, a home.

2. You must put 20% down on a home to get a conventional home loan.

This myth may have been true many years ago, but it is completely outdated. In the past, some lenders would only approve a mortgage if a buyer could pay 20% of a home’s price up front. However, times have changed. Today, buyers can get a home loan by putting down as little as 5% of a home’s price. Speak to a mortgage professional and get all the facts!

3. You can skip the home inspection – especially on a new home.

This myth is simply poor advice no matter where it comes from. Home inspections are imperative to the buying process. Bringing in an impartial home inspector to make sure a home is structurally sound is, without a doubt, a great idea. Often, your home-buying contract may contain a clause that allows you to walk away from a potential home if an inspector finds a major issue. Even new homes may contain mistakes that are not visible to the everyday eye. Let an inspector help you make sure your home is move-in ready before you close on a home that has more issues than you’ve bargained for.

4. If the house is great the neighbourhood doesn't really matter.

It's the perfect house at the perfect price, but the neighbourhood is not quite what you imagined. Should you purchase it? Maybe not! Once you move in, you'll notice the neighbourhood plays a bigger role than you ever imagined. So, before you buy, consider your commute, nearby amenities, accessibility, and other factors that will affect your daily life.

5. The amount you are pre-approved for is the amount you should spend.

This myth is a recipe for financial disaster. Just because a lender approves you for a certain amount does not mean that you should buy a home that will extend your budget to those lengths. What many first-time buyers may fail to realize is that there are many other costs that come along with home ownership. Just some of these responsibilities can include closing costs, monthly utilities, homeowner association fees, renovations, and regular home maintenance—to name a few! Buying a home that takes you to the full extent of your budget may only cause financial problems when any other issues arise in your home or personal life.

If you’re a first-time home buyer ready to begin exploring potential homes, get excited about the process. Take the advice that family members or friends want to give, but recognize that some of their advice may be mere opinions. Always seek the advice of professionals in their respective field.

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