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4 Emotional Property Mistakes You Might Be Making


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Blog by Ray Smiley | October 30th, 2015


Truthfully speaking, buying property is usually a very intense emotional experience. Seasoned investors can also admit to getting swayed by emotions each time they engage in it. This is because property buying tends to be somewhat confusing and it can really test you. Thus, many people often tend to succumb to buyer’s remorse after they have completed the buying process.

If you have succumbed to these emotional mistakes, then you know how costly, they can be, but if you haven’t done so yet, take a look at what they are and be prepared before your real estate purchase.



Rationalizing overpaying to enter the market

Quite too often, you may convince yourself that paying more to enter the market when it’s booming is the best thing you can do. The truth is that this is never a good move. Once you purchase when the market is at its high, you will be forced to pay a premium and buy a house whose growth is at its peak. Thus, your asset will appreciate slowly and you may have to hold onto it for many years to come.

Being overly optimistic about its growth potential

Once you have convinced yourself that the property will have a tremendous appreciation yearly, you could fall into a trap into making a risky deal. In as much as property value grows over the long term, it is not written in stone that it will be the same each year. In certain years, it may become stagnant before it peaks again. By doing this, you will be exposing yourself to significant risks if the market doesn’t go as you have planned.

Additionally, another mistake you might make is thinking that every single property will appreciate. You should be aware that if you make a dumb mistake of buying property at the wrong time cycle, in a poor location and at the wrong price, it will not yield the kind of profit you might expect.

Allure of cheap property purchase

If you are on a tight budget, then cheap property might seem very lucrative, but you should know that there are certain risks attached to such. You should always ask yourself why that property is being sold at such a cheap price below market standards. You should also find out if there are any risks or problems it has or with the region it is in. Does it have pest infestation or is it on a flight path or structural issues? In such scenarios, people might be looking to close down on their properties and hence it might be best not to buy.

Emotional attachment to the property

The primary reason vendors’ stage homes during open houses are to elicit your emotional attachment for you to buy the property. Thus, when you have fallen in love and become attached to the home, then you will be inclined to buy the home.

Additionally, the infatuation you will have with the home will lead you to overlook the usual due diligence and the crucial contractual conditions you would normally make and rush through the purchase to avoid losing the property. In the end, you will end up making costly mistakes that you will realize once you have made the purchase.

You should never let your attachment lead you lose your common sense and rule you. There are numerous properties for you to view in the market and it is normally hard to recover from a poor purchase.

Therefore, when looking for a home for sale in Ottawa, you should always ensure to keep your emotions in check to avoid making a poor purchase. This is especially important if you are a new buyer looking to own your first property in real estate.