Five Real Estate Mistakes That Buyers Are Making


Are you considering the purchase of a new home? Purchasing a new home is an exciting endeavour, but it’s important to be aware of some common yet avoidable mistakes real estate buyers make.

Not Having an Accurate Budget

Buying a house is a serious event…in fact, it can be one of the most impactful events in your life! If you want to get the best home for you and your family, the first step is to accurately determine the right budget for your home buying goal. This is an important reality check and will save you time and energy by not looking at properties that you can’t afford. A mortgage pre-approval is highly recommended for these purposes.

Mistakes real estate buyers make include not inspecting the neighbourhood.
Mistakes real estate buyers make include not inspecting the neighbourhood.

Another benefit of knowing which potential homes are within your budget is to avoid accumulating chronic debt as a result of high mortgage payments. This is why choosing an experienced agent from Wowa, the Amazon of Real Estate Agents, is always a smart investment. You also need to keep closing costs in mind, especially the land transfer tax, that may cost you up to 3% of the property value and even more if you live in the City of Toronto.

Not Every Real Estate Agent Is Right for You

Choosing a real estate agent can be quite tricky; many people have real estate agents in the family or as friends. But just because real estate agents may be family members or friends doesn’t mean they have a good knowledge of properties in the neighbourhood in which you would like to buy. It is a much wiser idea to hire an experienced realtor who has expertise in your chosen neighbourhood.

Best Mortgage Rates

Sometimes, we are tempted to gloss over values as though they mean nothing, until they mean a lot! Do you know that even a 0.2% lesser mortgage rate can save at least $5,000 over 5 years for a property costing $500,000? When shopping for your new home, negotiating the best mortgage rate available could save you a lot over time. Keep in mind that mortgage rates offered by your bank’s mortgage specialist can be negotiated. Read here for more information about buying your first home and securing a mortgage.

Wrongly Estimating Future Costs

In the midst of the excitement that you feel at the thought of purchasing your dream home, it’s important to remain practical by being aware of future expenses. Have you calculated what your (correct) monthly mortgage payments would be? Are you aware of your property tax amount? What about condo maintenance costs? Condo maintenance fees in a new building are often unusually low to attract potential buyers, but can increase significantly within a few years. All of these expenses must be considered so that you do not find yourself “house rich and cash poor”.

Location Matters!

Not paying enough attention to the location of a potential home is one mistake you do not want to make since you will hopefully be living in your new home for several years. Your real estate agent should be able to advise you of surrounding amenities such as schools, transportation and shopping malls. You should walk around the neighbourhood to be sure you feel comfortable and safe and you could even try to talk to a few neighbours to learn more about the neighbourhood. If there is a new development scheduled near your potential home, find out exactly what will be built. Otherwise, you may end up with a 15-storey condo looming over your backyard. Further, if your dream home is not located in a safe neighbourhood, you might want to reconsider making an offer.

These are the most common mistakes real estate buyers make. Please let us know in the comment section if you have other mistakes to add to the list.

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  1. Buying a home is a major investment and that all potential issues should be taken in to consideration. The things you listed are indeed common mistakes. Just because a house looks pretty does not mean we must buy it.

  2. I live in Amsterdam and here if you are not insanely rich you can’t buy anything. Location is really important for me I would definitely pay extra for that.

    • The Toronto real estate market is becoming out of reach for the middle class. I agree that location is probably the most important thing to consider when buying a home. Cheers, Lori

  3. The one about realtors is so true! We lucked out and had an amazing realtor when we bought our current home. She hammered home the tip about location location location and she was right!

  4. Thanks for sharing these tips, we’ll be looking into moving in a couple of years so I’ll know what to look out for now. There’s always so much to think about!

    Ami xxx

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