Avoid these Homebuying Pitfalls

by Leslie Howard 08/01/2020

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Buying a home ranks among the largest purchases everyday people make in their entire lifetimes. If you have gone through the process at least once, you probably gained some valuable life lessons. Whether it’s time to purchase a larger home for a growing family or downsize to a more manageable living space, there are pitfalls that trip up even experienced homebuyers. These rank among the unforeseen issues that can cause setbacks and ways to avoid them.

1: Overcompensating For Past Regrets

When buyers search for their next home, it’s not uncommon to be driven by the perceived shortcomings of the last. For example, you bought a property that had all the living space you need. This may have included a home office, attached garage, and plenty of room to entertain guests. The downside may have been a lack of outdoor living space. Driven by the desire to have a veranda, deck, or big yard, emotion may cause you to compromise on other musts. It may be in your best interest to make a checklist of your needs and be certain you won’t experience buyer’s regret, a second time.

2: Skipping Contingency Planning

It’s not unusual for people to see properties moving quickly in their area and become overconfident yours won’t sit on the market long. The common mistake is to move forward and buy your dream home while expecting only a short period of holding two mortgages. If for some odd reason the market goes dormant in your neighborhood, the financial implications could prove disastrous.

The flipside is selling your hot property and renting as a stop-gap measure. Low housing inventories and competitive markets could land you in a pinch, and home-ownerless for an extended period. These are the reasons why people rely on contingency plans. Craft a deal that sets the homes up like a series of dominoes. When one sells, they all move, and you spend only one day relocating instead of many in a tight spot. Contingencies provide security and stability.

3: Forecasting A Neighborhood’s Future

No homebuyer or real estate professional has a crystal ball that accurately predicts a property’s value. But there is plenty of hard data that can be used to indicate whether a neighborhood is trending in the positive or negative. This may be particularly true in 2020.

Potential homebuyers can look at the pricing that includes listing, sales, and valuations that began before the last recession and lending crisis. You can expect to see a decline in these measures during that rough period. But these days, the economy is robust in many areas. How the property, and surrounding area, performed coming out of the recession could be a telltale sign of where values are heading. The point is to conduct thorough due diligence about the home and others in the neighborhood. Making an informed decision is critical to purchasing a property, regardless of whether you’re a newbie or seasoned homebuyer.

About the Author
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Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard joined the Sotheby’s International Realty team early in 2018. Despite her recent start, she hasn’t missed a beat. This is partially due to Leslie being a Denver area resident for over 20 years. As an invested resident in her community, she has a developed a keen awareness and understanding of the Denver metropolitan area. With her knowledge of the community, her excellent communication skills and a resilience to get the job done, Leslie is well on her way to a long-term, successful relationship with real estate. She is both SRS (Seller Representative) and CMAS (Certified Mountain Area Specialist) certified.  

Prior to real estate, Leslie’s entrepreneur spirit has led her on numerous successful business ventures. She has taken the same persistence, energy and passion that it took her to launch successful businesses into her new passion of real estate. In addition, Leslie is skilled in Aviation management as she has successfully managed a corporate hangar space housing the aircraft of some of the world’s biggest brands. At the end of the day, Leslie is known as a people person. Her sincere heart and deep desire to see the dreams of people fulfilled is uncanny.  

Leslie currently calls the mountains in Conifer, Colorado, home where she lives with her husband, Charles and their two boxers. They have two sons Dominick and Garrett. Leslie loves the outdoors, auto racing and rescuing horses and donkeys. Designations/Licenses: Seller Representative Specialist