How To Avoid Frustrating Mistakes


1. Inspect, Inspect, Inspect. Go over the inspection report with a fine-tooth comb. For condo purchases, go over the CC&R's, By-laws and Association fees. Don't take anything for granted. Inspect everything.

2. Imagine the property vacant. Your furnishings and decorations will be the ones filling this new residence. Don't be swayed by beautiful leaves with the owner.

3. Income Plus Lifestyle Equals Mortgage Payment. Sit down with us and our team and honestly discuss your income level and living expenses. Your dream home is certainly worth a sacrifice but don't mortgage your entire future.

4. View Many Houses. We don't want you to move too slow, but don't move on the first property you see, either. We will give you a good overall perspective of the market.

5. Utilize Your Team. By aligning yourself with us, you will have an entire team of specialists at your disposal. Utilize our recommended lender, inspector, and closing attorney. Each of them work hand-in-hand for your benefit.

6. Be Colombo. Check out all costs and expenses including taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance and homeowner association fees.

7. Do A Final Walk-Through. This helps make sure that the property was left exactly as the seller agreed in the contract.

8. Plan for Flexibility. Closing dates are not written in stone. Allow for contingencies and have a back-up plan.

9. If It's Not In Writing, It Doesn't Exist. All promises and discussions are to be in writing. Don't make any assumptions or believe any assurances the seller may provide to you.

10. Loyalty Breeds Loyalty. Be open, honest and up-front with us and the members of your team. Our goal is for you to have a pleasing and memorable experience.