Buying a new home can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first. It is exciting, but full of complexities. Between the euphoria of buying a property and the stress of its financial implication, a first-time buyer often becomes susceptible to making errors.

The real estate industry is growing at a rapid pace and is highly lucrative; and with virtual real estate viewings in the picture, there’s a massive scramble among homebuyers and investors to buy a new home. But what they don’t know is that between the confusing terminology and the logistics of buying a house, it's all-too-easy to make the wrong move or wind up in an unwise investment. 

While it’s likely to be the largest financial transaction you will ever make, experts say that they have found that many home buyers are poorly prepared to ensure they make a good purchase decision. Their aim is to end up with a home they love at a price they can afford, but unfortunately, many people do things that prevent them from achieving that dream.

Let's look at some of the top house-hunting mistakes people make.

  1. Not Knowing What You Can Afford

Once you've fallen in love with a particular place, it's hard to go back. However, if you can't or won't be able to afford that house, you're just hurting yourself by imagining yourself in it. So, to avoid temptation, it's best to restrict your house-shopping to properties in your financial neighbourhood. If you end up looking at places that are outside your price range, you'll end up longing for something you can't afford. That can put you in the dangerous position of trying to stretch beyond your means financially or cause you to feel unsatisfied with what you actually can buy.

  1. Not Doing Proper Research

Understand your family’s finances and needs. The wise home buyer will analyse assets, decipher debts and get pre-approved for finance before plunging into the house hunt. Get to know the neighbourhood – remember you’re not just buying a house; you’re also buying a location. It’s important to find out about the quality of schools, security, transport, and possibly upcoming zoning issues. Not all parts of every suburb are ideal spots to live.

  1. Going Beyond Your Budget

Every homebuyer knows the feeling – you’re looking for a home that fits your budget, but that much more expensive property just looks that much more appealing. However, buying a home that’s way out of your price range could well derail your finances in the future. It’s human nature for us to want a little more than we can afford, and there’s always a real estate agent who’ll talk you to the next level. But don’t be tempted. Spending more than you can sensibly afford leaves you exposed to potential financial shocks, including rises in interest rates.

  1. Not Using an Agent

Once you're seriously shopping for a home, don't walk into an open house without having a real estate agent or broker. Agents are held to the ethical rule that they must act in both the seller and the buyer's best interests. But you can see how it might not put you in the best bargaining position if you start dealing with a seller's agent before contacting one of your own.

  1. Relying Too Much on Advice of Family and Friends

The real estate market is subject to constant change, and every sale and transaction is different from the next. Relying on advice from friends and family can be disruptive. Generally, they speak of the experience while purchasing the property but will not tell the intimate circumstantial and financial details that are actually relevant. What is relevant at this time is vastly different from what was relevant a couple of years back.

So, there you go – these 5 mistakes are the most common ones that homebuyers make before purchasing a house. Taking all these points under consideration, a good solution would be to do virtual site visits and attend virtual open house sessions, which will help them make an informed decision right down to the last detail.

Author's Bio: 

The author of this article is a professional having years of experience in the field of Digital Marketing and currently associated with Proxgy. The author is an expert in writing on virtual travel, online video shopping and Digital marketing topics.