It is certainly true that mortgage interest rates continue to be at an all time low. Also, home prices are perhaps on the rise, but remain very interesting. However, this does not mean that any home you come across would make a good investment. The market currently favors the buyer. However, you do have to exert due diligence before you buy. There are a some red flags that you need to be aware of that could tell you that a purchase may not be the best way forward. These problems are not always significant enough to tell you not to buy, but sometimes they are. There are two factors in particular to be aware of.
First of all, you must be wary of the “fixer upper.” These properties are listed as being incredibly cheap, which does make them attractive. Most of us think that the things that do need to get fixed up are things we can mostly do ourselves. However, you are likely to find that you will need to bring in qualified professionals to really do the work. Qualified professionals are incredibly expensive and you may not have sufficient budget for that. You should also be wary of properties that have had DIY fixes. Although a DIY job can look great on the surface, it is likely that it actually has a whole lot of problems.
The second key factor to look into is for you to figure out whether you are looking at a foreclosure or short sale property. Although it is true that these are the cheapest properties, they are also often in poor condition and in bad neighborhoods.
The bottom line is very simply that a home should never be bought unless a professional inspector has given you the green light. With the information above, you should be able to tell whether or not you might want to hire a professional inspector, or whether it is a clear no on the purchase. If the property does have problems, you can decide to walk away from it, or you can demand a substantial discount in order to pay for the repairs. Make sure you take home inspectors’ opinion on board too. They are there to make sure you don’t buy something that isn’t worth your while.