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Info Sources to Avoid When Shopping For a Home

If you read my last blog post, you will know that there are plenty of great sources of advice when you are looking for new home. For those of you too busy to check out the blog, the good sources were: *drumrollllll* Sales Reps and Realtors, FAQ sections and testimonials of builder websites, and Friends and Family.

Despite the good sources, there are also plenty of terrible sources of home buying “advice”. I do not mean to offend anyone, and want to preface this by saying that you should talk to whoever you feel comfortable with. Okay, now that that’s over with, my list of bad sources are:

Moms

Everyone has heard the age-old saying that “Mothers know best”, but do they really? You have probably been out of your parents’ house for some time, and may even be a parent yourself by the time you are looking for a house. As nice as it is to talk to your mother, she probably doesn’t know you quite as well as she thinks she does. If you are thinking of buying a house, you have to consider your needs, and nobody knows what those are better than you do! So when you do go talk to your mother, tell her all about the exciting new house you bought in an awesome community, and let her share in the excitement with you!

Chat Forums

Let’s face it, we have all googled something like “the screen of my phone won’t turn on” and read through help and chat forums. Now imagine you were shopping for a phone and googled the same thing and read the same forums… You would think that every phone in the world has a broken screen that never works, though we all know that that is not the case. Most phones work just fine! Don’t shop for a house the same way. Reading chat forums for complaints and issues are just that: places where people that own homes with issues find people with similar issues, despite the fact that many homes are built without any or minimal issues. When looking online, try and find credible sources that present balanced opinions, with both pros and cons to ensure that you are seeing the whole picture.

Bad Sales People

Do you remember the sleazy car salesman in the Transformers movie who tried to sell the main character a car? He was a pretty funny guy, right? Well the reason that we find the character so funny is that we see the truth behind the exaggerations. Those people actually exist! Please please please do NOT buy a house from a salesperson like that. If they can offer you something that is too good to be true, they are lying. You may be saying “wait, didn’t you just say in your last post that salespeople are a good source of advice? What changed in the last few weeks?! Salespeople can be both a good and bad source of information. They are a good resource because they are well informed and understand the product and community. They are a bad resource because they are trying to make a commission and so may be glazing over some of the low-points as they try and make the sale.

There is so much to consider when buying a home, and it is quick to get caught gathering too much information on your quest to making the best decision possible. If you steer clear of the sources I just mentioned, you can both prevent information overload and avoid huge biases, so that you can get the best home for you. Best of luck, and happy shopping!