For many people who are currently facing foreclosure or have already endured the process, failure was in the cards from the moment they purchased their homes. There are many mistakes homebuyers make that practically guarantee they’ll struggle with their mortgage payments and regret their purchase down the road.

In this article, we’ll offer a list of surefire ways you can lose the residential property you’re thinking about buying. There are many homes for sale that seem like a bargain, but can still ensnare you if you’re unwary.

Spending Every Cent (And Then Some)

Many people are so desperate to own a house that they’ll sacrifice every dollar to that end. For example, they’ll deplete their savings account and cash in their retirement fund for the down payment. They borrow money from their bank to make immediate renovations. Eventually, as the normal wear and tear of a house begins to accumulate, they use their credit card (since their savings is eaten away) to foot the bill.

Before much longer, coming up with money for each mortgage payment becomes overwhelming. The monthly budget becomes stretched to it’s limits, and cash advances on the credit card, once reserved for emergency situations, become a regular occurance. This is a road that often ends in foreclosure.

Failing To Hire A Home Inspector

A professional home inspection represents an outlay of cash that many homebuyers are unwilling to absorb. Instead, they figure they’ll perform their own visible inspection and save the money they would otherwise spend hiring an inspector. This is a recipe for costly repairs that can put significant pressure on any budget.

A home inspector will check the integrity of the walls and foundation, both inside and out. He’ll also examine the air conditioning and heating systems to ensure they’re working properly. Drainage, plumbing, and electrical features are also checked. Few homebuyers have the experience or skill to check these things properly. When problems develop, they can often cost several thousands of dollars to fix.

Cutting Corners With The Real Estate Agent

Some real estate agents are more qualified, experienced, and honest than others. On the other hand, some are willing to “bend the truth” and promise the sky just to attract clients. Unfortunately, a lot of homebuyers are willing to cut corners and hire the first agent they meet instead of seeking referrals and interviewing prospects.

Your realtor should be the most vital resource you have while in the market for a home. He or she should have the skills and experience to negotiate a price that fits your budget. If you hire an agent who is unqualified (though eager), you may end up paying far more for a given property than otherwise. That can saddle you with a mortgage that later becomes a burden.

Immediately Taking Out Loans

You’ll find that being a new homeowner attracts a constant stream of “opportunities.” Each will extol the advantages of taking out a low-interest home equity loan. You’ll receive incentives to renovate your bathrooms, put in new carpeting, and finally invest in the landscaping project you’ve wanted to launch. You’ll be tempted to tap into your equity to take your family on a lavish vacation, buy a new car, or put in a backyard swimming pool.

Be wary of going further into debt as a new homeowner. As time passes, your equity will provide a financial buffer for emergencies. Taking out a home equity loan for unnecessary purchase can eat away at that buffer, leading to a shortage of funds when the need actually arises.

Just because there is no shortage of attractive homes for sale does not mean every property is a bargain. Nor does it mean you can afford to cut corners to save time or money. If you do, you risk joining the thousands of other homeowners who have come to regret their hasty and ill-advised real estate purchases.

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