The following is a guest post by Sean Cooper, bestselling author of the book, Burn Your Mortgage. Sean is also a mortgage broker at mortgagepal.ca.
When I bought my home six years ago, I found it both exciting and fun. If you buy a new property, as long as you have the budget, you can often customize it to your heart’s content. If you buy a resale property like me, you can choose to buy in a neighbourhood with everything that you’re looking for (provided it’s in your budget).
While I found house hunting a lot of fun, there were some costly mistakes I could have made along the way. I’m not perfect. I made some mistakes, but luckily nothing too big. (That’s why I wrote a book so other homebuyers wouldn’t repeat some of these bigger pitfalls I came across.)
Without further ado, here are five common mistakes by first-time homebuyers and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Not Getting Preapproved for a Mortgage
Before going house hunting, make sure you’re preapproved for a mortgage. Without a mortgage preapproval in hand, you won’t have any clue about how much you can spend on a property. You could spend $600K on a home, only to find out a lender will only approve you to spend $550K, leaving you scrambling to make up the shortfall. Don’t let this happen to you.