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3 ways homebuyers kill their own real estate deals

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I recently bought a couple of spa treatment packages for a friend's birthday (as much as a gift to myself as to her, to be sure). The package included a pedicure and a massage for the price of the massage, but had a bizarro restriction that required I pick the gift cards up at least one day prior to spa day.The problem: The spa was across a bridge from my town. Despite my very best calculations, I hit unexpected traffic and it took me an hour's drive just to pick them up.It's a good thing for the spa that I was literally stuck on that bridge, unable to turn around; otherwise, that would have been an undone deal. I was very clear that the value of my hour far exceeded the value of those two "pedis." In the end, the conditions I had to surmount to take advantage of the bargain negated the value of the deal -- and then some. And that happens much more frequently than you'd think in the world of real estate. Today's ridiculously low prices and interest rates, combi...