Common Mistakes Made By First Time Property Investors


Buying a property for the first time is for many a daunting task. First time property investors find it very difficult to make the best purchase mainly because of the lack of experience. Statistics show that first time property investors are more likely to make mistakes when investing in a property, especially when they are buying a family house.

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In the recent years, a growing trend among property investors in Australia is buying property in America. This is a result of the housing bubble or more specifically the crisis that took over the US market. The economic crisis caused a significant decline in the prices of the houses for sale in America. Investing in a property in the US market has been shown to be a smart decision because of many reasons. However we cannot deny that this is a far more complicated task than buying a property on the Australian market, especially for the first time home buyers.

Needless to say, if you’ve never purchased a property from the Australian market, nor from the crowded and unknown US property market, you should ask for a professional help from a real estate agent and adviser. He/she will help you narrow down the number of options you have, but can’t stop you from making a mistake on an emotional level. In fact, here are some of the most common mistakes first time house buyers make, regardless if they are choosing among the houses for sale on the Australian market, or exploring the offer of houses for sale in America.

Buying the First Property You Fall in Love With at the First Sight

It is very easy to fall in love with a house at the first sight and say that this is the perfect solution for you. It is in such situation when there are big chances to make the wrong choice. In fact, buying a property takes much more than making your selection on the base of the pictures you see, or the short overview of the property you make on the first visit. To make sure that the house you are about to buy is what you actually need, a detailed inspection is more than important.

Buying an Overpriced Property

In many cases, the sky-high price is not a guarantee that you are buying a flawless property. On the contrary, you may end up splurging on a house and still not get what you really want and need. To avoid buying a property that isn’t really worth the price you pay, take into account more similar properties in the local area. Chances are, you will find one or more property with the same features and quality but for much lower price.

Looking For a Perfection

You must accept the fact that when it comes to choosing a property, perfection doesn’t exist. No matter if you are buying an old or newly-built house and no matter how much time you’ll spend looking for the house to match your taste and specific needs you’ll need to make a compromise at certain features. However, make sure that those features are not of vital importance for you and your family.

Thinking That You’ll Save Money by Buying the Cheapest House

Unless you are willing to spend a small fortune on customizing the house to your actual needs, never look for the cheapest options available. In most cases the cheapest house turns out to be the most expensive purchase afterwards. For this reason, beware of the cheap offers that appear to be too good to be true.

Hurrying to Sign the Contract

Since the property investment is one of the major investments you’ll ever make in your life, rethink your decision before closing the contract. This is especially important when buying houses for sale in America. Simply said, you must be certain that the property you are about to buy is the ideal solution for you, otherwise you might end up changing your mind after only a year or two. Fer this reason, don’t hurry to sign the contract, weigh all the options with special attention instead.

Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.