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6 Common Challenges Home Buyers Face

Buying a house can be one of the most fulfilling milestones in your life. But as exciting as it is, it also comes with challenges and hurdles than can be stressful and overwhelming. From checking your credit score and getting your mortgage approved to making an offer and closing on a deal for your new home, you must go through several processes before making a purchase.

When you know more about what potential problems to expect, it can help you prepare for them or avoid them in the first place. To give you an idea, here are a few common challenges home buyers face. Read on.

1. Finding the right property

Buying a house is probably one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make. With that in mind, you would want to find a home that would be worth your investment. Except, finding the right property is not that simple. You may find a house you like, but it may not be within your budget, or the location may not be so ideal. Whatever the issue may be, it will cause you a lot of headaches before you can finally decide on the property you’re comfortable with.  

2. Securing a mortgage

The majority of home buyers will most likely rely on a mortgage to buy a property. Because let’s face it — houses are expensive and not everyone can afford to pay them in cash. However, the problem is that getting a mortgage approved is not guaranteed either. Creditors won’t just lend you money outright, especially if you have a low credit score. If you’re aiming to get a mortgage, make sure you have enough savings to produce a larger deposit.

3. Sellers changing their minds

You’d think that after finding the right property and securing the mortgage, you’re problem is solved. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes sellers could get cold feet and change their minds at the last minute, which is no small issue to overcome. When this happens, you’re back at square one and find yourself looking for another property again, which is already a challenge in and of itself.

4. Finding the right agent

Hiring a savvy real estate agent can make your home buying experience a whole lot easier. Unfortunately, finding the right agent, one that you can trust, is not that easy. You may be able to call several realtors, but not all of them have the competence or negotiation skills to help you get the best deal. Meet at least three agents, compare them and find someone who will be a good fit.

5. Property titles

Property titles are essential documents that ensure you have a legal claim on the property you want to buy. However, some properties can have issues with their titling. The transaction can’t proceed if there’s some lien or claim against the property, which may happen with a forged document or a fraud seller.

6. Not-so-honest owners

Speaking of fraud, some sellers won’t always be honest to prospective buyers and will try to hide a few issues with the property they’re selling. This can cause you several problems, such as spending extra money for repairs that should have been part of the deal if the seller made a full disclosure during negotiations.


You may encounter many challenges during your whole home buying experience. If anything falls through during the transfer of ownership, it can be frustrating and stressful for all parties involved. But even when everything goes smoothly, you’ll still have to go through a complex and sometimes unfamiliar process while making tough decisions.

Knowing the possible challenges you’ll have to face beforehand can prepare you to be emotionally, mentally, and financially ready to close the deal on what’s probably the most expensive purchase of your life.