Whether you want to purchase a townhome, a detached single-family home, or a condo, how you behave as a buyer matters. When you are looking to invest in a home, you may hear that it's a buyer's market. Even if that's true in your area, home buyers still need to keep in mind the seller's point of view as they look at potential houses to purchase. Leaving the wrong impression on a home seller can make them not want to do business with you, and that could prevent you from acquiring your home. Be sure you avoid doing these things that will almost certainly irritate a home seller.
Stop! Don't Ask Invasive Questions
It's okay to be curious about many things that pertain to the house. After all, it is a big investment—perhaps the biggest one that you intend to make. However, there is a certain line that you shouldn't cross with a seller. Don't get into personal questions unless the sellers open themselves up to it by asking personal questions first. The best rule of thumb is to keep your line of questioning focused on things you need to know about the house itself.
Stop! Don't Lie About Your Credit
A lot of home buyers tell little white lies when they are hoping to purchase their dream home. Some lies that seem small can have major consequences, though. Don't lie about having good credit if you don't. The truth will come out soon enough when you try to finance the home, and being up-front to begin with will get you a lot closer to owning the home. Some people with bad credit do get financing, but it can be trickier. It's best to be clear and open about financial matters from the start.
Stop! Don't Offer an Insanely Low Bid
Some home buyers mistakenly think that they should offer an extremely low bid on a housew. They mistakenly assume that gives them a lot of room at the negotiating table to ultimately work out a deal that gives them a great but fair price on a house. That's not necessarily so, and a home seller who has put all their savings and years of improvements into a house is sure to be offended at an offer that is far below what is fair in the current market. Unless there is a very good reason to make an exception to the rule, consult your real estate agent about the best low but fair bid to start an offer.
Finally, keep in mind that it's only natural to mess up. If you have committed these faux pas when dealing with a seller and feel that they may hold it against you, it is okay to reach out and apologize. That will go a long way towards clearing the air and maybe even giving you a fresh start with the average home seller. Always try to put yourself in the home seller's shoes, and you are sure to communicate in a way that can be advantageous to both of you.