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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Buying a House

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Buying a House

Buying a new house is a huge step, so it is important that you make your decision very carefully. Small mistakes and ignorance can cost you a lot. If you are not careful, buying a new home can become profoundly exhausting and scary, instead of exciting. It is a massive financial investment so make sure that you avoid any mistakes that can harm or halt your investment.

Here are some of the errors that can be very costly and shatter your dreams of buying a new home so make sure that you avoid them.

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1. Not Having a Clear Budget

The right budget is not what banks think you can afford to pay. It is possible that you are not comfortable with spending that much money. Having a very clear budget in your mind is important. Do not rely on the bank to tell you how much you can afford to spend. Create your budget by listing all the monthly expenses, include the rent in it, cost of using vehicles, loan payments if you have any, payments of credit cards, insurances, savings, etc. Subtract this amount from the take-home pay and you will know the exact sum of money you can afford to spend.

By knowing the exact budget, you will be able to hunt for houses that are within your price range. By not knowing the budget you will waste your time on properties that you cannot afford. It is possible that you end up investing in a place that you cannot afford. This can cause a lot of financial problems for you.

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2. Skipping the Qualification of Mortgage

Before you make an offer on a home, it is important that you have a pre-approved loan. You should know whether you qualify for a loan or not. Every loan has its requirements, for example, if you are applying for a reverse mortgage, you should have all the reverse mortgage information. It is important that the money the bank is lending you matches with the offer you are making for a house. The bank can reject or decrease the loan if you have poor credit or unstable income which can cause problems if you have already made an offer.

It is important to be careful even if you have a pre-approved mortgage as it is possible for it to fall through because of any significant change in the credit score. If the deal falls through, you will have to forfeit a lot of money, and it can be a major financial setback.

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3. Not Considering Added and Hidden Costs

Buying a house is not as simple as it looks. There are so many things that you have to consider. It is not just a simple act of moving from rent payments to paying the mortgage. There is the closing cost, insurance of homeowners, property taxes and the homeowner’s association fee. Most of the home buyers have all the major costs in mind, but they fail to consider hidden costs such as the maintenance cost. It is possible that when the added and hidden costs are included, the house becomes over budget. That is why it is important never to forget the hidden costs.

You can get an estimate of the whole cost by asking about average maintenance, a cost of insurance, taxes, etc. Add them to the monthly mortgage to know exactly how much the house will cost you.

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4. Skipping the Down Payment

Always keep the financial housing crisis in 2008 in mind, as one of its causes was giving mortgages to buyers who were unable to pay the down payments. When you skip one of the payments, it means that the mortgage payment gets higher along with the interest payment. Then the expenses will also increase because you need to pay insurance until at least twenty percent of the house is paid off.

5. Not Inspecting the Interiors

Do not spend your money by looking at the exterior of the house. It is possible that the most beautiful house can become a nightmare for you. It is not cost-effective to get stuck with the trouble of spending on unexpected repairs. Always take on the opportunity to inspect the interior of the house. It will help in seeing the actual state of the house.

While making your purchase makes sure that you do not make any of the above mistakes. If you manage to avoid these errors, then you will easily buy the best house within your budget.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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