Here's the advice they had to give:
1. Save more than just the downpayment — you'll have other home costs that you'll need to cover.
2. On a similar note, you might need to shell out some cash for anything you discover to be broken in the house.
3. Take your after-tax income and expenses into account when figuring out what you can afford as a house payment. Lenders may approve you for a loan amount that's higher than what you can realistically pay.
4. Be veeeery careful with what you purchase on your credit card once you start the home-buying process.
5. If you're self-employed, planning in advance is extra important.
6. Understand that buying a house is almost like a full-time job. It requires a lot of communication with professionals, and it may feel draining.
7. Work with a realtor who's willing to help you through the process with your best interests in mind.
8. Go through the loan pre-approval process before you start looking at homes.
9. And, don't get too starry-eyed over a flipped home that looks pristine and polished on the outside.
10. Make sure the location suits your lifestyle needs. You can fix many things that are wrong with your home, but you can't fix the wrong location.
11. Don't forget to inspect the basement before you buy!!! It could potentially help you avoid an expensive disaster.
12. Be aware of the cost of caring for (or cutting down) trees on your property.
13. Avoid the hassle of moving in, then moving out again for renovations by making your home improvements before you start living there.
14. Avoid being buried by homeowners association (HOA) fees.
15. And, just remember to stay open-minded. Buying a house is a huge milestone, after all.
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