Common Mistakes Golf Home Buyers Make

By
Real Estate Agent with Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.

The home buying process can be a long and winding road, where the most experienced buyers can sometimes make mistakes. Even if you take extreme care and think you’ve double-checked everything, financial losses can still happen. 

Homebuyers need to be aware of the process of acquiring properties so no mistakes can be made. 

If you decide to buy a golf home, make sure to be aware of the common mistakes such as not double-checking locations, working with a realtor, and being well-versed in the art of negotiation and knowing your worth.

Here are some of the most common mistakes you can make when buying a golf course home and how you can avoid them.

Homebuyer Tips - It is very important for homebuyers to be aware of the process of acquiring properties so no mistakes can be made.

1. Don’t Buy in the Wrong Location

This is one of the key factors you must get right in the buying process. Even if you see a house that’s perfect with your dream specifications, it might not be as comfortable as it should be if the neighborhood doesn’t suit you. 

You might think that a neighborhood doesn’t matter if your home itself is great, but surroundings can change your mind even if that’s the case. You definitely can’t make yourself love a location that makes you feel uncomfortable.

You’re in luck if you’re still searching! Charlottesville has plenty of golf communities to choose from various price points and home styles. It is important to visit the location yourself to find the neighborhood that feels right for you.

2. An Isolated Community Is Not Ideal

Some golf communities might offer you a good view, great scenery, and community, but amenities are a longer commute than you prefer. You may not want a home that takes you more than thirty minutes to reach shopping districts, restaurants, and medical services?

This can also apply to distance from other leisure places such as rivers and hiking. It might be great to live on a golf course, however, it won’t make a good home for you unless the other places that are important to you are accessible as well. 

You may end up being bored and feeling lonely, especially if you don’t know anyone within the community. Make sure the community you’re buying in is close to the public spaces you enjoy.

Common Mistakes Golf Home Buyers Make - Some common mistakes that golf home buyers make are not double-checking locations, working with a realtor, and being well-versed in the art of negotiation and knowing your worth.

3. Working Through the Process Alone

For first-time buyers, purchasing a home can be a confusing process to go through without a realtor. Realtors are great helping hands and sources of information when it comes to the buying process. Even if you have bought properties in the past, seeking help from a real estate agent is still very effective.

Real estate agents are equipped with the knowledge to work through the home buying process smoothly. At the same time, they can often find you more potential homes than what you’d find on your own. You can have your preferences matched with the ideal home when you work with an agent.

This is a very critical move to take that might be regrettable if you don’t take it. A little help never hurt anyone.

4. Buying a House in the Wrong Location

The biggest factor influencing price for a golf course home is the view and location relative to the golf course itself.  This can cause the most common mistake that home buyers often make when buying a golf home.

When you’re searching for a golf home specifically, you have to look out for the view and location on the golf course. When searching for a home in a typical community, you may be searching for mountain views or just a nice view of the neighborhood.

However, if you’re searching for a house specifically in a golf community, location on the golf course is everything. Homes with a great view of the golf course will sell more quickly. 

You will enjoy a home with a great view of the course even if you’re not yet thinking of reselling in the future. But you should never forget: the better the view, the higher the price.

5. Incomplete Negotiations

You should never meet directly with a seller when negotiations are still ongoing or if they haven’t been initiated yet. When working with a realtor, you will not be meeting with the property owners to discuss matters. Your real estate agent can handle negotiations.

Meeting up with an owner or agent can be tricky, especially if there is not a ratified contract yet. When you discuss matters with them and even give the smallest compliment, there’s a possibility they’ll become less flexible on the price. 

To avoid these situations, it’s always best to allow your agent to do what they do best.

Golf Homes as Investment - A golf home’s value will always be dependent on the golf course itself.

6. Lack of Research

When buying a home, whether it is on a golfing property or not, you should be prepared in every aspect. This includes your budget, money, mortgage approval, realtor, and everything else. This also means that you should have done your complete research.

With a realtor, you have access to more information than without one. It is very important to keep in mind that you know what you want to buy, know how much you can afford and what you’re paying for, and all in all, have a clear goal in mind. Communicate all these goals with your agent.

The golf community market can be confusing for first-timers. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of a golf course home. In fact, this just means you’ll have to do a bit more research.

Are Golf Homes a Good Investment?

Gold homes are a good investment. However, throughout the buying process, an important thing to remember is that a golf home’s value will always depend on the golf course itself. 

When looking for one, always ensure the course is in the best condition, with an attractive neighborhood and accessible amenities. You can often have the opportunity to play the golf course or to ride around it in a golf cart.

Final Thoughts

Every home is a great investment if you look for the right one. With golf homes, even the smallest change within the golf course and club itself can decrease your property’s value. If you think a golf course near your prospective house will close soon, it might be time to rethink options.

The game of golf has become especially popular during the pandemic, and the demand for homes in these communities is going up, which will be continuous in the foreseeable future. However, if you decide to invest in one, make sure to avoid these mistakes and choose a home that’s good for you in the long run.

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Comments (5)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pam it has been ages since you posted here and interacted with the group, nice to see you back and what an awesome way to return with such a great post, Endre

Feb 11, 2022 10:58 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Picking a golf course home especially one that backs to the course needs a lot of thought and the assistance of someone that knows the game that can point out advantages and disadvantages

Feb 12, 2022 04:41 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Pam. Using an experienced knowledgeable agent can help you avoid some common mistakes. Great post. Enjoy your day.

Feb 12, 2022 05:07 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Great post, we live on a nice one here in the Phoenix area. Thank you for the post and have a great weekend.  Go Bengals! bill

Feb 12, 2022 05:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pam - buying/selling real estate requires proper preparation along with following due diligence before it's too late.  And as always, the right representation matters.  

Feb 12, 2022 09:31 AM