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If you were to buy your home all over again, what would you change?

Asked by Trulia Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL Wed Nov 7, 2012

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I should have let my wife see it first.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
I would have looked AROUND the property, not just at the property. I love my home. I don't like the train tracks a block away. I also would have changed my Realtor!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 10, 2013
I love my house and bought the second cheapest of its kind in my location. The only step I would have added to the purchase process was the negotiation of repairs.

I was in a hurry, I knew I was getting a good deal, and wanted to go fast and get it done. Had I taken my time a bit, I would have requested the sellers repair a few broken items: hot water heater, Ac unit, a few electrical issues, and where to find the replacement tile/carpet. Lesson learned - slower methodical thinking will bring forth better results :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 25, 2012
Absolutely, nothing. It's a big house now that the kids have moved.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 9, 2013
I would change my Realtor. The guy was a moron. Seriously. I would also be more careful about moving by a railroad track and having huge trees in my yard that are close to my house. I also would have offered less, but like I said... my Realtor was a moron.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 25, 2012
I should have purchased a bigger house that needed less work.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 24, 2012
I wish I had a Buyer Agent Representation to assist me in better negotiaions and to know my rights as a buyer!
In my first home purchase,.the owners took the knobs off of all the cabinets, removed the light fixtures in every room and took plants OUT of the back yard!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
I would probably have had my basement finished.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
I was not in real estate at the time and we bought the home from a FSBO who also happened to be an agent. Big mistake. From this experience, I learned the importance of having representation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
I bought my present home new so I was able to make my selections before it was built & I really like it. The only thing I would have changed was selecting a lot on a street that was almost completed. My house was one of the 1st built & it took a few years for the builder to sell out my street so I was blessed with the noise & mess of neighboring new homes being built , & unfinished streets for a few years. It seemed to never end & after 7 years he has finally sold out the community.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
I would have waited until I had my real estate license but at the time I bought it I had no idea this is where I would be today. :-)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 8, 2012
Although it was new construction I should have had it inspected. I was not in real estate at the time.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 7, 2012
If I were to buy my home all over again, I would not have put down as much money as we did. (30+%) I would have kept it and used it to invest in other properties. I would have used some of it to put in upgrades so we could enjoy them instead of what we have done in the past; put in the upgrades right when we are ready to sell.

Great question!

Sharon Alters, GRI
Coldwell Banker Vanguard
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 7, 2012
I would definetely make sure i did my research on my home and mortgage options. i was in such a rush to buy a home I did not step back and analyze everything. I ended up having to back out of my first deal the day before closing. It was the right choice but I forfeited a lot. I now as a realtor emphasize that buyers work through their deal and not to be pressured as I was.
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