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What are some surprises that first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Thu Mar 1, 2012

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The find out that "their" agent is also the seller's agent....and isn't working for them!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
There wish lists tend to ask for too much when there budget cant reflect that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
Some surprises I have seen over the years working with the first time home buyers are:
Not all homes qualify for first time home buyers.
Understanding that condition is a big factor.
Closing costs and reserves.
Receiving an appraisal at value.
The best option is to find a local Realtor who can guide you throughout the home buying process.
Happy house hunting!
Shahzana Ripp
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 20, 2012
May sound obvious, but it's not till you get there. First time homebuyers no longer have a landlord or relative that handles any needed fixes. For instance, a mere water leak from a tub or shower area can cause a panic. What does one do? It may be a simple fix like, calk the areas around the tub, but a first time homebuyer may call in a plumber which can be costly. So essentially, the cost of maintaining your home in proper order is unexpected. That fix could cost 2 bucks or 150 bucks if you hire a plumber. My best advice, buy home warranty insurance, for the unexpected.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 1, 2012
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