Do you like games? Ever broken a rule? At times, the feeling can be exciting. But when it is the real estate market you are playing with, you had better not break the rules, at least not some of them. Obviously, home buying and home selling are not proper games, and so no one has devised any proper rules. However, like any other sector, the industry experts have always had something to advise that is effective most of the time. People regard these as rules of thumb, and you should keep them in mind.
Make no offers until you have pre-approval
So you have decided which house you want to buy. Great, but until you have pre-approval, make no offers. What if your lender does not give you the amount you want or what if the seller refuses only because you do not have a pre-approval. There are so many ifs and buts involved, and a pre-approval can help you avoid all of them.
Real estate agents are purposeful
Your new home is the biggest decision you will even make in your life in terms of finances. So take advice from a real estate agent before you actually get caught up in the process. They are there to help you out, and they can be very good at this. Your agent will be a great source of guidance even if they mean extra costs.
A study claims agents are used by 90% of homebuyers. All of these are doing it for a reason, and you should follow suit.
Make a deposit
This is an unspoken policy which all good homebuyers do follow. Once you have decided on a home and the lender agrees to your offer, you deposit an amount. This is around 1% or 2% of the purchase price. Paying this amount makes the seller realize you are serious about buying the house and assures they do not back out of the offer.
Home visits and inspections are a must
When you buy a home, you put so much money at stake, and risking this is not a great idea. Before you close any deal, visit the house yourself no matter how good it appears in the pictures. Also get it inspected so you are sure of the repairs that will need to be taken care of, if any.