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When in the market for a home, here are some pitfalls to avoid.

Feeling under pressure to find a new home quickly can lead to hasty decisions that you may later regret. Try to anticipate your move and start looking at housing even before your final decision to relocate. Realize that there are more houses on the market than the first one that seems mildly acceptable. Waiting a few extra days may land the right one in your lap. Inform your real estate agent of your absolute deadline, and request that he/she line up multiple homes for you to view in a short period of time. Check out the homes online first; this could save you the time of seeing one you really don’t want. Set aside several evenings or a couple entire weekends for viewing. This is a priority; the packing can wait.

Realize that this is a business for your agent and he/she is anxious to negotiate a sale. Don’t be pressured to buy unless you are ready. If you sense that the agent may not have your best interests at heart in this regard, find another, or ask them to please not rush you.

Make a list of the things you are looking for in a home, and categorize them as negotiables and non-negotiables. For example, the number of bedrooms, commute time to work and schools, and price range may be non-negotiables, while having a pool, fully landscaped yard, and keeping the existing appliances are not as vital. Don’t turn down a house because of small details you are willing to give up, but don’t sacrifice those all-important ones either.

If you have a looming deadline for the move, try to avoid putting in an offer on a home whose sale is conditional on the present owners finding their new home. This will avoid a potential delay you can’t afford.

Happy house hunting!

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