Here are the 5 things I wish you knew before buying a house.

1. Importance of getting pre-approved for a mortgage

Many homebuyers don’t realize the importance of getting pre-approved for a mortgage before they start house hunting. A pre-approval letter from a lender not only shows the home seller that you’re serious about buying their home, but it also helps you determine your budget and prevents any surprises during the home buying process.

2. The true cost of homeownership

It’s important for homebuyers to understand that owning a home involves more than just the mortgage payment. There are also property taxes, homeowners insurance, maintenance costs, and possibly HOA fees. Homebuyers should budget accordingly and be prepared for these additional expenses.

3. The importance of location

Real estate agents often say, “location, location, location,” and for good reason. The location of a home can have a significant impact on its value and resale potential. Homebuyers should consider factors such as school districts, commute times, nearby amenities, and future development plans before making a decision.

4. The value of a home inspection

A home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process that can save homebuyers thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs. Homebuyers should hire a reputable inspector to thoroughly evaluate the condition of the home before making an offer.

5. The need to be flexible

Homebuyers should be prepared to compromise on some of their wants and needs when searching for a home. It’s rare to find a home that meets all of your criteria, so it’s important to be flexible and prioritize what’s most important to you. A real estate agent can help you navigate this process and find a home that meets your needs and budget.