5 Things We Wouldn't Do When Buying A Home (as a realtor)

Welcome to "Off the Record: Talking Real Estate" with Joe and Makayla, your go-to podcast for all things related to the Portland Metro real estate market. In this episode, we dive into an important topic: the five things you should avoid when buying a home. We'll share valuable insights and tips to ensure you make informed decisions throughout the homebuying process. But before we begin, we introduce our adorable new family member, Mr. Walter, the four-month-old pup.


Meet Walter, the fluffball of joy that fills our hearts with endless wagging tails and slobbery kisses. 🐾❤️


Episode Highlights:

  • Ignoring Property Inspections and Major Repairs: One of the biggest mistakes buyers make is neglecting property inspections and necessary repairs. We emphasize the importance of the due diligence period, where you should thoroughly assess the property's condition. Overlooking this step can lead to unforeseen expenses and regret down the road. We share personal experiences and highlight the significance of negotiating with the seller for necessary repairs.

    Overextending Your Budget: With affordability challenges in today's market, it's crucial not to overextend your budget. Falling in love with a property or a desired price point can cloud judgment. We discuss the recommended housing cost range based on income and advise against becoming "house poor." Proper budgeting and having a safety net of 3 to 6 months' expenses are essential to avoid financial strain and buyer's remorse.

    Ignore Factors That Affect Resale Value: It's vital to take into account factors that may impact the future resale value of a property. Some elements, such as highway noise, neighboring unkempt properties, or limited parking, are beyond your control and may deter potential buyers later on. We stress the significance of evaluating these aspects to make an informed decision and avoid setbacks when selling.

  • Open any new lines of credit or buy a car: These seemingly harmless actions can have dire consequences and jeopardize your chances of securing your dream home. Listen closely as we recount a nerve-wracking story about a client's impulsive car purchase and how it almost derailed their pending home sale. We discuss the financial juggling and risks involved when major expenses clash with the pursuit of homeownership. You'll also discover the common mistake of maxing out credit cards to furnish new houses. We shine a spotlight on the allure of having everything ready when you move in but caution against the negative impact on lending prospects.

  • Overlook how the property will support my lifestyle. We discuss the often overlooked aspect of how your dream home supports your lifestyle. We talk about the importance of assessing factors such as proximity to family, work, and amenities before making a purchase. We explore the significance of feeling safe in your neighborhood, handling parking challenges, and considering the needs of your furry friends. By aligning your home with your lifestyle priorities, you can create a harmonious living experience.

  • Buying a home is a significant decision, and it's crucial to approach the process with care and knowledge. To make informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls, tune in to our full episode. Visit LivPortland.com to learn more about the five things you shouldn't do when buying a home. Don't let excitement overshadow your due diligence—be prepared, set a realistic budget, and consider the long-term implications of your choices. Join us next time on "Off the Record: Talking Real Estate" for more expert advice and insights into the Portland real estate market.

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