Buying a home can be overwhelming — especially for first-time buyers.

Want to make sure you do it right? Avoid these all-too-common first-timer mistakes:

  1. Not getting to know the neighborhood. Walk around, drive the streets, and make sure it’s a place that feels safe and has the amenities you’re looking for.
  2. Forgetting to think long-term. Even if you don’t have kids just yet, look at school districts and playgrounds.
  3. Skipping pre-approval. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage doesn’t just make your home purchase easier; it helps point you toward an appropriate price range, too.

Forgoing an agent’s help can be a big mistake, too. Make sure you reach out for guidance!