buying a home

Buying a home is a complicated process, with an almost overwhelming focus on finance, numbers, and bureaucracy. This makes it easy to forget about the human element of home-buying, and how important negotiations are to the process.

What you say during your home search and negotiations is at least as important as your ability to pay. There are many things a buyer can say that can make property transactions more difficult, or possibly even kill the deal entirely.

Be careful not to make these common mistakes:

1. ‘We don’t need to do an inspection.’

Yes, you do. The only way to discover problems with a property is through a professional inspection. You cannot rely on the seller’s disclosure because there are a lot of loopholes in disclosure rules. There also may be problems found during an inspection that the seller doesn’t know about.

If a seller pressures you to buy without an inspection, that’s a huge red flag. There may be a problem they don’t want you to know about.

2. ‘This is my dream home!’

Being overly enthusiastic about buying a home sends a strong message to the seller that you’ll be willing to pay more. This significantly harms your negotiating position and makes it hard to claim you’ll walk away from the deal. Even if you love the house, keep a poker face and don’t let them know how much you love it.

3. Do not insult the property or its décor

Never say anything too negative about their properties to sellers or agents. Don’t say, “I hate this couch,” “Those colors are ugly,” or “ I can’t wait to remodel this kitchen.” The home-seller may react badly to an insult. If there are multiple bidders, this could sway them to choose a buyer who’s been more favorable.

4. ‘I’ve been pre-approved for up to ($ amount)!’

It’s simply a bad idea to tell the seller your spending limit. That could encourage buyers to push you as close as possible to the loan limit. All they need to know is that you’re pre-approved. Don’t give them more ammunition which will strengthen their and weaken your negotiating position.

Be cool and focus on your negotiating stance when buying a home. You’ll be more likely to get a good deal.


Randy has enjoyed over 32 wonderful years in the Real Estate industry making dreams come true for homeowners.

Superior customer service is #1 to Randy and he provides this to all of his clients using knowledge, professionalism, integrity and persistence.

Randy is a successful and experienced real estate agent who expertly represents both buyers and sellers. Scores of Charlotte area residents have trusted Randy in the process of listing their homes to sell.

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