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Buying your first home is as exciting as it’s daunting. With so many hopes and dreams on the line it’s easy to get swept away and face regrets later. Coming into the process with a solid understanding of what to expect and what to do can save so many regrets and heartache down the line.

Realtor Red Flags

One of the biggest regrets for new homebuyers often face is wishing they knew what red flags to look for when hiring a realtor. If your realtor has any of these red flags in the first few conversations, don’t hire them! Vet your realtor thoroughly. Finding a good realtor is the first most important decision you’ll make when it comes to buying your dream home. Any good realtor (or lender for that matter) will be happy to take the time to walk you through all the things you need to know moving forward.

*Not* Negotiating More

There are many things that can and should be negotiated for when it comes to buying a home. From closing costs, repairs uncovered during the inspection, or even some personal possessions can be negotiated before it comes time to close on the house. 

Skipping Inspections

Right now houses are in an especially high demand, often coming on and off the market in little more than a month’s time. It puts a lot of pressure on buyers to do whatever they can to secure their dream house. But it’s worth noting that most people who forgo the home inspection in favor of a better odds of getting the house find themselves in a world of regret later when new repair costs start to filter in. 

Making emotional decisions

Buying a house is a very emotional process! It’s stressful and exhausting and full of so much hope and disappointment all at once. But the biggest regret we’ve come across in our more than 20 years of working in this field is the decisions made in the heat of the moment when emotions were in charge. 

The best way to avoid this regret is to make a plan before you start shopping for houses. Sit with your realtor and another objective third party and make a list of what you are and aren’t willing to compromise on or give up entirely. Having your list and someone by your side who isn’t emotionally invested in the process can do wonders to make sure that your emotions and your budget stay aligned. 

Not getting their real estate attorney in time!

Any time you buy a home in Georgia it is required by law that there is a licensed real estate attorney present at closing. It’s important to contact them in the right time frame as well! If you’re taking steps to close on your house in the next 30-60 days, that is the ideal time to reach out and choose your Georgia real estate attorney. Any less time than that and you’re not going to get the quality of service that you and your home deserve! If this sounds like your time frame don’t hesitate to give us a call! At Frank B. Pallotta Law we are licensed Real Estate Lawyers with 20 years of experience helping our clients in Georgia navigate the closing process. Reach out to us with your questions. We’re here to help.