First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

A recent survey in July 2022 found that 72% of first-time home buyers had buyer's remorse. You have worked so hard to buy a home, and this is a huge decision. You want to make sure the American dream doesn't become a nightmare. Discover the first-time home buyer mistakes to avoid as we discuss further with you in this blog!

After reading this blog, you will be ahead of the average home buyer by avoiding these crucial mistakes that 90%  of home buyers are making. Avoiding these mistakes could save you thousands of dollars and buyer's remorse! 

I want to share with you some of the mistakes I have made and that many others are making so you can be a more informed buyer and be ahead of the game when purchasing your new home! Also, check out our video to learn more!

As the famous warren buffet said, “It's good to learn from your mistakes. It's better to learn from other people's mistakes.”

A July 2022 survey of 1,001 homebuyers found 72% of them experienced regret.

Let's get straight into it. 

Location Location Location

I am sure you have heard this one before. The number one rule in real estate is? Location, Location, Location! You have all heard it before, but only a few follow this rule. If you’re a home buyer, you know that the location of the property you’re considering is one of the most important factors to consider.

However, it’s not uncommon for buyers to overlook this aspect when they’re in the middle of their home search. That's because soon after you start, the process becomes emotional, and most start making emotional decisions and are sidetracked by shiny object syndrome. 

Location is more than just a matter of convenience. It’s also a key factor in the long-term value of the property you choose. While it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and ignore the importance of location, it’s a mistake that can cost you in the long run. 

For starters, look at the area’s crime rate and average home prices. You should also consider the availability of public transportation, the quality of nearby schools, and the potential for future development in the area. 

The bottom line is that location is a key factor when it comes to finding a home. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking this factor in your search. Take the time to research the area thoroughly, and you’ll be better off in the long run. Make sure to ask your realtor, but always do your own research.

If you want to learn more about choosing the perfect location, check our video titled, ‘The number one rule in real estate,’ Where we cover everything you need to know about choosing a location.

Don’t Chase The Perfect Home

The reality is that, more often than not, the perfect home isn’t out there, and trying to find it could end up costing you. It’s important to remember that no home is perfect, and even if you do find a house that seems close to it, you will likely still have to make some compromises. 

But what about your dream home? Well,  If you are not building new, You need to determine your must-haves, your wants, and your deal breakers. then make the best decision possible. 

I hear buyers say, 'if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have passed up on that other home that fit all my must-haves and had non of my deal breakers.' Determining your must-haves, your wants, and deal-breakers before you even start seeing homes sets you up for success.  

The best thing to do is to focus on what’s important to you and your family and to make sure that the home you purchase meets those needs. That doesn’t mean you should settle for a subpar home, but it does mean that you should be realistic about what you’re looking for and what you can realistically get.

Be aware that chasing the perfect home can lead to disappointment, and it can also lead to a lot of wasted time and money. The key is to find a home that closely meets your needs, is within your budget, and you are comfortable with. 

If you want to learn more about how to determine your housing needs, check out our video titled ‘How to determine your housing needs'.

Know Your Lending Options

As a potential home buyer, familiarize yourself with all the lending options available to you. Many home buyers make the mistake of assuming that their only option is a traditional mortgage loan, but there are several other financing options to consider. 

For example, if you’re a veteran you may qualify for a VA loan. These loans are backed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and offer a number of advantages, including no down payment requirement and no private mortgage insurance. 

Another option is an FHA loan, which is backed by the Federal Housing Administration. These loans are popular among first-time home buyers because they require a lower down payment and offer more flexible credit requirements. 

Finally, don’t forget about state and local home-buying assistance programs. These programs can help cover a portion of your down payment, offering an incentive to purchase a home. 

Before meeting with lenders, know the current prime rates and familiarize yourself with the lending terms. Make sure you know the difference between APR and Interest Rates. If you want to know more, check out this video with our lender that explains the difference between the two. 

By taking the time to understand your lending options, you can make an informed decision and choose the best financing option for your situation. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your only option is a traditional mortgage loan - explore all your options and make sure you’re making the right choice. 

Choose The Very Best Professionals: Ask Questions

It's no secret that buying a home can be one of the most overwhelming financial decisions a person can make. There are so many different details to consider, and it's easy to make mistakes if you don't have a plan in place. One of the biggest mistakes home buyers make is not choosing the right professionals to help them through the process. You will rely on this team of professionals to help you make the best decisions possible. 

Your professional team should consist of a real estate agent, a mortgage lender, an insurance agent, a home inspector, and depending on the state, an attorney. 

All of these people should have the heart of a teacher and be willing to answer any and all of your questions. The team should also be willing to provide you with the educational materials you need to make an informed decision about the home you're buying. 

Your real estate agent should be someone you feel comfortable and confident with. They should be knowledgeable about the local market, the types of homes available, and the current trends. They should also be able to provide you with the resources you need to find the perfect home for your needs.

If you want to learn more about choosing a realtor, watch this video titled: How to Choose your realtor.

Sometimes buyers have cold feet, and this is usually due to fear because they don't understand everything and have doubts. Asking all your questions will leave you informed and not anxious about the outcome. You should be confident you make the right decision.

Don't Try To Time The Market

This is one of the biggest mistakes home buyers make, and one I have made myself. And that is waiting for the “right time” to buy a home, especially if you’re hoping to snag a great deal. But the market is unpredictable, and you could easily miss out on a great opportunity if you’re not prepared to act quickly.

The real estate market is constantly changing, and the best time to buy may not be when you think it is. Also, the longer you wait to buy a home, the higher the cost of living may become. As the cost of living rises, so does the home cost. This means that the longer you wait to buy a home, the more expensive it may become. If you’re looking to buy a home, the best advice is to act quickly and be prepared to make a move when the time is right. 

Don’t wait too long and risk missing out on a great deal. Instead, be ready to act when you find a home that meets your needs. Remember, the market is unpredictable and timing is everything. Don’t try to time the market. Instead, be prepared to act when the opportunity arises.

Here is the perfect time to buy a house, When you are ready! Forget about the market. 


Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. It’s a huge financial commitment, and it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the process. 

By avoiding the mistakes discussed in this blog, you can be ahead of the average home buyer and avoid buyer’s remorse. Remember, it’s important to do your research, be realistic about your expectations, and choose the best professionals to help you through the process. 

Don’t try to time the market; don’t be afraid to ask questions. Buying a home can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and the right team of professionals, you can be a successful home buyer and find the home of your dreams! 

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