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With mortgage rates continually hitting new lows and many real estate forecasters predicting a housing bottom at the end of the year, many renters are getting the urge to buy.
That leaves a housing market full of inexperienced, but interested buyers who need a little more help and guidance in navigating what will be for some the biggest purchase they ever make.
“There are two separate transactions happening here — one to purchase a house, and one to finance the transaction,” says Keith Gumbinger, vice president of consumer loan site HSH.com. “One has a lot of emotion involved in it, which is fine, but the other is a financial transaction and should be treated with cold calculation and clear eyes. That’s easier said than done when things will be moving so fast and a lot of moving pieces are set into motion.”
To help you navigate the homebuying process without falling for some of the most common pitfalls, here are some of the most common mistakes new homebuyers make and how you can avoid them.
(If you’re worried about how your credit could impact the home-buying process, check out Credit.com’s free Credit Report Card, for an easy-to-understand overview of your credit history, as well as your credit scores.)