"Don’ts" Every Home Buyer Should Know……

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Don'ts Every Home Buyer Should Know......

I am not listeningWhen we were growing up our parents used to tell us DON'T do this and DON'T do that.  Pretty soon we knew what the don'ts were and so, if we were smart, we wouldn't do the don'ts.  You know things like don't talk to strangers or don't run with a sharp object in your hand or don't touch that it's hot.  Then as we grew older we would do some of the don'ts because we thought we could.  Then we found out why we should not do the don'ts.

So now you are looking to buy a home and are not to sure of what to expect or to do.  I'm thinking that it would be good to go back to a term our parents used to use.  Don't, and I have come up with a list of 12 don'ts that every home buyer should know.  Are you ready?

 

 

  1. Don't wait for the perfect house...there isn't one.  Compromise and prioritizing are necessary elements in purchasing a home.  Even if you were to build a new home within 6 months your would be asking the question, "Why didn't I do this or that?"
  2. Don't buy before you do some comparison shopping...especially if you're new to the area.  Right now there are a large number of homes for sale and they are in all sizes, colors and price ranges.  But, I would caution you, when you find the home that talks or sings to you then stop looking, you will start to get confused and that is not good.
  3. Don't write an unrealistic offer or you will simply be helping someone else's offer look good (too low of a price...too many contingencies).
  4. Don't feel a need to negotiate if a property is fresh to the market, priced right and popular...the good ones often go quickly and at full price.
  5. Don't think all real estate agents and companies are created equal...they are not.  Find an agent/company with a great track record and proven home buying system.
  6. Don't be afraid to write an offer above or below the asking price...offer what it is worth to you.
  7. Don't work with more than one agent.  Find one you like and stick with them.  If you make a bad choice, change but stick with the new one.
  8. Don't wait for perfect conditions to buy.  The best time to buy is when you have found the right home.
  9. Don't get too many friend and family involved in your buying decision...you'll go NUTS!
  10. Don't wait until you find a home to shop for the best loan.    Start up-front talk to a lender today!
  11. Don't wait until after you find a house to be approved for a loan.  Do it up-front talk to a lender today and get pre-approved.
  12. Don't be surprised if you get buyer's remorse at some time before closing...most buyers do.  It is normal and it will pass.

And as an added caution (Don't), pick a friend or relative that is licensed as an agent if they are GOOD and look for value added services.

Helping you achieve your next level of the American Dream.  Ready?

If you are looking for a new home and a REALTOR® that knows the St. Charles County MO marketplace and one that has call O Fallon MO home for over 15 years give me a call.  Call Don Rogers at 314-954-6775 or email me at Don@DRogersHomes.com and we can start you home buying experience today.  By the way I am never too busy for your referral, so if you know of someone that is looking to buy or sell have them give me a call, too.

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Don Rogers is a licensed REALTOR® in Missouri.  I specialize in St. Charles County Missouri and have called O Fallon MO my home since 1993.  If you are looking to buy or sell or you are relocating to the area and would like information about the St Charles County MO area do not hesitate to give me a call at 314-954-6775 or if you would prefer to send me an email.

 

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Rainmaker
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Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
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Don - Excellent list post.  It is all about educating the consumer.

Apr 08, 2009 10:41 PM #11
Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I think you have made some great points here Don. Not waiting for the perfect house is one people have a really hard time with, oh, and then there's that whole unrealistic offer ordeal.

Apr 09, 2009 12:42 AM #12
Rainer
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Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Morning Don....great post, hopefully your Localism market will read this and heed your prudent advice.  Don Prudent....there's a thought :-)

Apr 09, 2009 01:00 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Amen,   I think we should all print this out and put it in our buyer packets.

Apr 09, 2009 03:23 AM #14
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Thank you Judy.......You are so right ma'am we do need to be continually educating the consumer.

Apr 09, 2009 09:19 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

JL,

I remember when we had our home built, I thought that I had everything that I could ever want in a home and guess what?  6 - 7 months later I was wondering why I hadn't added something else.  Now for the unrealistic offer, I'll leave that for later.  ;-)

Apr 09, 2009 09:21 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Gail, I appreciate your compliment about being Purdent.  :-0

I so hope that the consumer will read it too.

Apr 09, 2009 09:23 AM #17
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Allen, Thank you sir and go ahead a use the information for your buyers packet.

Apr 09, 2009 09:24 AM #18
Rainer
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Sandy Childs
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Realtor - Spartanburg, SC

Great post: I love the one about: Don't write an unrealistic offer ~ and lose the house you really want. This is a great list and good advise to any home buyer.

Apr 09, 2009 04:07 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Thank you Sandy,

This is probably one of the biggest problems that we have right now.  I am sure tho it will turn around.

Apr 09, 2009 09:07 PM #20
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Ann Allen Hoover
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This is a good thing to share with the young buyers I am taking out today on their first trip to look at houses.

Apr 10, 2009 12:15 AM #21
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Don:

Great post....

Definitely, a good list of "DON'TS"

Have a Happy Easter.

Apr 10, 2009 12:41 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Ann,

I hope that you had great success with your buyers yesterday and had an opportunity to share the list with them.  Have a GREAT Easter weekend.

Apr 11, 2009 12:09 AM #23
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Toula,

Thank you ma'am, now all I need to do is write a "DO" list for buyers and all will be well in whoville.  Have a GREAT Easter weekend.

Apr 11, 2009 12:11 AM #24
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Don!  Okay, I LOVE this list!!  #9 is doing a number on me right now--I have a young couple who have been guided in their purchase by someone who KNOWS construction, homes, neighborhoods AND Charlotte--ME!  Their parents, aunts and uncles from all across the country continuously barrage this poor couple with their own version of do's and don't's and are worrying them unnecessarily by planting so many negatives that I'm ready to just cry and I KNOW they are!!

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Debe in Charlotte

 

Apr 11, 2009 01:38 AM #25
Rainmaker
631,263
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Ms. Debe,

Family is GREAT to have around and to visit with but not always when buying a new home.  When you are young you accept the outside influence of friend and family and of course you don't want to offend anyone.  When this happens youu and your agent get confused.  Unless mom and dad are helping to finance the purchase the kids need to stop listening and heed the advise of their realtor.

I am not sure what the link is but it did not come thru.

Apr 11, 2009 01:58 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Don - and, don't wait until November to find out if you qualify for the first time buyer's credit! Great list Don!

Apr 11, 2009 02:21 AM #27
Rainmaker
631,263
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning Mr. Mike,

Thank you for stopping in and you are so right sir buyers do not need to wait until it is too late.

Apr 11, 2009 03:37 AM #28
Rainer
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

I love #1, #3, #8, #9 and #10.  Great list for buyers and agents alike.

Apr 13, 2009 03:37 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good morning again Mr. Ryan,

Thank you sir for your kind words, just trying to keep the buyer informed and on track.

Apr 13, 2009 10:37 PM #30
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