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4. Expecting to see a home on short notice.

Most sellers want some notice before they have to leave for your showing. The more time you can give them, the better.  If they’re going to be reviewing offers at 5:00pm on Friday, don’t leave your showing until 3:00pm and expect that you’ll be ready to make an offer in time.

5. Not respecting the Seller’s home.

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for houses to have security systems that could potentially be recording you during your showing.  Be kind, watch what you say about the house, NEVER make fun or post insulting videos on social media, and remember to take off your muddy shoes at the front door!

6. Being distracted by the home’s staging, and not the home itself.

Houses can look very different once the furnishings and clutter is removed.  Go in to your showing with an open mind.  Bring a tape measure!  The room may look small – but is that because it’s filled with oversized furniture?  It might be just right for your belongings!

7. Don’t lose sight of your original goals.

It’s normal to re-evaluate what you want and need during the home-buying process.  But don’t be seduced by that gorgeous kitchen when what you really need is a finished basement and 2 car garage.  

12. Making a large purchase right before your home closes.

Your mortgage lender agreed to provide you with financing based on the evidence they saw when your offer was accepted.  By opening up a new credit card, or buying a new car shortly before your home closes, you could be jeopardizing the amount of money the lender will give you as they see all this new debt.

13. Not checking out that ugly house.

Just because the home isn’t up to your standards right now, you may be overlooking a real diamond in the rough! There are some great deals to be found on spectacular homes that just need some TLC.  Don’t miss out!

14. Trying to keep up with the Joneses.

You may have dreams of a sprawling home with large gardens and high end finishes. But if you’re going to be stretching yourself too thin financially just to impress your friends, think again. Don’t buy a detached home when you more realistically can afford a townhouse or condo.

15. Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram!

Houses that are showcased on tv or social media are absolutely staged.  Sometimes designers loan their furnishings and accessories to “spruce up” a property for marketing photos.  Don’t be discouraged if your belongings don’t look the same as what you see online. 

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