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Top home-buying mistakes

Many overlook contingencies, affordability, closing

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Low interest rates and home prices have convinced some homebuyers that now is a good time to buy. If you're a first-time buyer or haven't bought in awhile, take heed of mistakes you'll want to avoid. Buying a home takes time. Invariably, your life will get busy as soon as you get serious about buying. Working with a good real estate agent who knows your area well, stays on top of details, and communicates promptly and clearly definitely helps. However, never forget that you are the decision maker. Letting your agent make decisions for you may seem like a time-saver. But, letting your agent make decisions can lead to trouble if you and your agent don't see eye-to-eye. To save time, take the initiative and find out as much as you can about a listing before making an offer. It's a waste of time to get into contract before investigating an issue that's critical to you, such as the length of your commute. It's not a good idea to buy a home without having it inspected by professi...