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Things You Shouldn't Do When Buying a Home

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Things You Shouldn't Do When Buying a Home

Mike Gold

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I have seen how our amazing state has grown in national attention for its quality of life, beautiful mountains, a...

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I have seen how our amazing state has grown in national attention for its quality of life, beautiful mountains, a...

Oct 4 4 minutes read

The last thing in the world you would ever want is to spend a bunch of time searching for a North Metro Denver home, finding that perfect place and then not being approved for your mortgage. There are also many common mistakes homebuyers make that could make the process much more painful than it has to be.

We’re writing this article because we know how stressful it can be to buy a house. In order to make your process easier, we are going to cover the 9 things you shouldn’t do when buying a North Metro Denver home.


1. Don’t’ Overestimate Your Budget.

Ever heard the expression "House poor"? Many homebuyers overestimate what they can actually afford and end up with very little wiggle room financially. Before jumping into buying, make sure you have a realistic idea of the yearly costs involved with owning a home.

Remember, there is your mortgage, property taxes, utilities, insurance and repairs. All of this before you even think about making upgrades. Factor in all the costs and leave yourself some room.


2. Don't let your emotions run wild.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions of your life. It’s normal to be excited and fall in love with a home. However, try to keep a level head. Falling in love with a home can cloud your judgement or end in disappointment. This can happen if unforeseen issues are exposed in the inspection or if someone puts in an offer before you.

If you don’t find a home…  don’t get discouraged. Home searching can be a lengthy process. It will be worth it when you find the winner.


3.  Don't talk to the sellers about plans for the house.

As much as you are excited to get in and put your personal touch on the home, it's best to keep this to yourself. Sometimes home buyers meet and get to know the homeowners. This is fine, but remember that the current owner will have an emotional attachment to the property.

It's best not to make them feel like you're going to come in and completely change the place. If you make a conversation with the owners, just keep the conversation light.


4. Don't make any large purchases.

 When applying for a mortgage, every financial transaction plays a part. It is recommended that you do not make any large purchases like furniture or a car prior to applying. This is because banks want to see that you have a smooth financial history. 


5. Don't withdraw or deposit a lot of cash.

Going further with your financial history, cash withdraws and deposits also play a part in your mortgage approval rate. Large quantities of cash going in or out of your accounts signals a warning sign that you do not have stability. Avoid any sporadic withdraws or deposits of large sums of cash. 


6. Don't apply for more credit. 

The amount you are approved for on your mortgage comes down to your capital. How much money do you have at your disposal? Applying for extra credit increases your debt. This extra debt decreases the amount you will be approved for on a mortgage. 


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