The home buying process is a big step and an exciting one at that. B It’s alsoB one that requires a lot of thought and preparation that can often times get very overwhelming. B The Fineman Suarez Team’s number one goal is to help guide each of our buyers through the process so that our clients goals are met and they are confident that they’ve made a well informed and intelligent decision.
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6 Top Things Home Buyers Forget to Do: Did You Miss Them Too?

No matter how carefully home buyers do their homework, certainB tasksB on the home-buying to-do listB often fall through the cracks. And not tiny ones, either! Webre talking about oversightsB that can lead to major money down the drain, battles with local government or the homeowners association, and other regret-filled dramas that could have been easily avoidedbthat is, had home buyersB known where these issues were hiding a bit earlier.

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Review some of the top things buyers forget to do when shopping for a home.

Oversight No. 1: Considering the homebs resale value

Sure, youbreB buying a home. And yet, you must think like a seller.
bFew buyers stay in their homes for 30 years like our parents did,b says real estate expertB Brendon DeSimone, author of bNext Generation Real Estate.b bToday, people are more mobile and things change quickly, like job transfers. Life happens.b And thatbs why home buyers should consider how easy a home will be to sell later onband stick to properties with broad appeal rather thanB quirks that appeal only to a rare few, like a kitchen in the basement orB brightly colored bathroom tiles.
bTalk to your agent about trends in your neighborhood and whether they think your home would sell for the same amount two years, five years, or 10 years down the road,b advises RealtorB. Avery Boyce of Washington, DCbs Compass Real Estate. bBuying a home should make financial sense now, but if circumstances make this home no longer the right one within a few years, you donbt want to be in a tricky financial situation while trying to sell.b

Oversight No. 2: Factoring in the expenses youbll face after you buy

bPeople focus so much on mortgage payments and closing costs,b says DeSimone. bWhat they donbt realize, until after the fact, is that there are expenses like oil or propane and landscaping that are built into homeownership.b
To make sure the bottom line will be within your means, ask the seller for a property expense list to get an idea of what you will actually be paying out each month. Then, consider the reserve that youbll need for typical maintenance. Rule of thumb: Plan on setting aside 1% of the homebs total value annually for upkeep and repairs.

Oversight No. 3: Rooting outB any restrictions

All too often buyers learn the hard way that their property comes with restrictions. Say, they canbt park wherever they want, or B they discover their house isB within a historic district that prohibitsB renovations or additions to a home.
bBuyers will need to check with the city, review the preliminary title report and seller disclosures,b says Beverly Hills, CA, Realtor Steven Aaron. For good reason:B Once you become the owner, any restorations fall on you. Zoning, title issues, or covenants go with the property,B not the seller.

Oversight No. 4: Checking that past work was up to code

The seller is responsible for disclosing any renovations, nonpermitted work, and items not up to code. But just as things arenbt always done to the letter, sellers arenbt always totally honest about whatbs been changedbor how. Thatbs why buyers need to check any and all past permits to make sure that the work was done and signed off on by the local municipality, says DeSimone.

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bIf you see a newer bathroom or bonus room or kitchen, and there is no permit on record, thatbs a huge red flag because once you own it, and you go to do any work or apply for a permit and they see work was done without a permit, you will be responsible for it.b
Why is that such a big deal? Consider this: bIf it was done improperly, or not to code, you may have to tear it out and start over again.b

Oversight No. 5: Getting the scoop on the HOA

bNever close on a home without doing serious due diligence on the homeowners association,b says DeSimone. While HOAs are ideally supportive and make living in a community convenient, some have been known to have a darker side complete with corruption and drama. Just ask Greensboro, NC, parents JessicaB andB Karl Ronnevik, whose HOA recently threatened them with a fine if they didnbt quiet their 1-year-old babybs crying.
bAnd if there is an upcoming assessment, or there are delinquent homeowners,b says DeSimone, bthe HOA, and you, will have to cough up the money to cover it!b

Oversight No. 6: Doing your homework on the neighborhood

Crime rates, school rankings, and traffic patterns, oh my! The home itself is just one aspect of what makes a property a good buy. Buyers often forget that bthe neighborhood should be inspected as much as the property,b says DeSimone, who insists that shoppers should walk their block at different times of the day and talk to neighborsB to get a better feel. After all, the house may be gorgeous, but if youbre unhappy with your neighbors or the overall environment outside your door,B it probably isnbt the right place for you.

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