What Are the Most Common Home Buying Mistakes in Tampa?

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Today, I want to discuss a very important topic for all who are looking to buy a home in the current market. Tampa market activity is incredible right now, and in such a competitive market, you need to avoid common buyer mistakes if you want to have a smooth transaction. The Duncan Duo has helped thousands of buyers, so today I want to share some of the tips we've learned over the years!

  • Have a list of "musts" when home searching: You need to know what you want when looking for a home. Make a list of "must haves" so you can give yourself a realistic chance of finding the home of your dreams. 
  • Get pre-qualified before shopping: If you don't know your budget and what you can afford, you'll find yourself missing out on homes you can afford and wasting your time looking at homes you can't.
  • Be realistic about the home inspection process: Often, home buyers go into a home inspection expecting there to be no problems. The truth is, clean home inspection reports do not exist! Too many home buyers cancel inspection reports that only list minor problems; you need to expect to make some repairs after closing. 
  • Get educated on the buying process: Work with an agent who has worked with first-time home buyers. We've worked with hundreds, and know the process inside and out. As a first-time buyer, you need to work with someone who can show you the ropes and guide you through the process. 
  • Don't fret about appraisals: Don't get wrapped up in the appraisal number. An independent third-party will conduct the appraisal, so there is really nothing you can do about it. 

Working with an agent who doesn't have much experience in the industry could lead you down the wrong path. Working with a reputable, experienced agent will result in you achieving your buying goals. If you have questions about the process, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, give us a call or shoot us a quick email. We would love to hear from you! 

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