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Buying a home can be difficult for any first-time buyer. Knowing when the most appropriate time to purchase a home is as well as having everything organized is just half the battle. So, to help you along this process, your local Fort St. John realtor, Elizabeth Chi, has listed four of the most common home buyer pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Pitfall #1: Not Getting Pre-Approved
Most real estate agents will refuse to work with someone who has not been pre-approved. Going through this process tells realtors and seller’s that you are serious about becoming a homeowner and are not wasting their time. It also tells them that your finances have been reviewed by a mortgage professional and that you are financially equipped to own a home. Therefore, talk with your local lender and get pre-approved before you start the home buying process.
Pitfall #2: Not Using A Real Estate Agent
Some people think they can buy a home without needing any help from a real estate agent. But, what they may not realize is that your Fort St. John realtor knows the ins and outs of the market and can help you receive an excellent deal on the home of your dreams. They also know about the surrounding areas and can provide insight into which neighborhood would be the best fit for your family.
Pitfall #3: Not Knowing What You Want
Shopping the residential market without having any clue about what you want can really drag out the home buying process. Instead, try to have an idea of what type of property you are interested in so you have some sort of starting point.
Pitfall #4: Not Viewing A Home Fast Enough
Fort St. John homes can sell fairly quickly, therefore, try not to hesitate when it comes to making an appointment to view a home. Instead, try setting up a viewing as soon as you’re interested in a house, to help eliminate the chance of that home getting off the market before you get the opportunity to make an offer.
If you would like to know about more home buyer pitfalls to avoid or if you are interested in working with a Fort St. John realtor, please contact Elizabeth Chi at 778-256-2888.