It might make more sense for you to rent
Even if you qualify to buy a home, it might not be the best financial move for you. On paper, you might have the buying power for a home, but your monthly budget might not be able to handle a mortgage payment, property taxes, and the typical fees that come with owning a home. Renting might also be better if you aren’t ready to plant your roots. “When you’re young, buying a house can tie you down to a location before you’re ready,” writes Zina Kumok on Money Under 30.
Your neighbors make you look good
When potential buyers view your house, they aren’t just looking at your house. Your neighbors’ homes make a huge impact too. While you can’t groom the whole neighborhood, you can offer to clean up the yards around your home. Another good idea is to schedule home viewings when your neighbors are at work if they have a lot of cars or noisy children.
You have to know today’s market
“Your agent won’t tell you if your house is overpriced,” says real estate investor, Jonathan Tran. “Agents will make suggestions on pricing, but if you insist your house is worth more, don’t expect your agent to try to convince you otherwise because they want to provide great customer service.” Your overpriced listing becomes a problem when your house sits too long on the market and you have to drop your price. “Buyers don’t think they’re getting a deal, they’re thinking something is wrong with the house,” says Tran.