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How to Not Get Ripped Off As a First Time Home Buyer

How to Not Get Ripped Off As a First Time Home Buyer

First Time Home Buyer

When someone falls for a scam, there are mixed feelings. If something sounds too much like a scam, there’s little sympathy, right? Everyone knows that all scams are not created equally. Some scams just scream, “Hey, I’m a scam,” while others just don’t seem like a scam whatsoever. But believe it or not, when it comes to the housing market, there are actually scams. Okay, maybe “scam” isn’t the best word, but there are home sellers and even organisations that have the intent to rip off buyers. 

It’s far from ideal, but it’s important to stay cautious. But this is especially important for those who are buying a vacation home or buying a house for the first time ever. If you’ve never experienced it, then you really don’t know right from wrong. So, with that said, here’s how you can be careful and not get ripped off as a first-time home buyer. 

Never Rush Into Buying a Home

Chances are, if it seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. It’s strongly recommended to never just rush into buying a home. If you rush, you might not get to see the house or even have it inspected (or badly inspected). Generally speaking, something is going to be overlooked somewhere, and sooner or later, you’re going to have to pay the price. Try to be slow and steady about all of this. 

Be Selective With Your Real Estate Agent

Now, real estate agents are meant to help you. They’re going to help you with finding a home within your budget, giving you advice, and even helping you find conveyancing solicitors when it comes down to getting paperwork together. Overall, they’re going to do all of this for you. But sometimes, there are going to be real estate agents that flat-out don’t have your best interest in mind. They don’t care if you have a nice house. All they want to do is sell you the first house, take their cut, and be on with it. You need one that’s on your side, so don’t be afraid to interview real estate agents.

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Don’t Outright Choose the Home Seller’s Inspector

If the home seller states they know a good inspector, don’t choose them for the sake of convenience. Sometimes, they work together with the home seller and will give false information, such as stating the pipes for the plumbing are in peak condition when they’re not. You can 100% count on getting scammed if that happens, so it’s best to avoid that. Instead, just take your time with hiring these services to check up on the house. Sometimes, even real estate agencies can help with it too. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

If you’re suspicious or something just doesn’t seem right, just call it out. It especially helps out if you can ask questions. Buying a home is often one of the largest investments you’ll ever make, so it’s important to be informed and not get caught off guard by unexpected roadblocks. Be as detailed and ask as many questions as you want. Will it annoy the home seller? Maybe, but will you lower your chances of being ripped off? You bet!

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