Not getting prequalified early
Meeting with a lender for a buyer consultation and prequalification for a mortgage should be the first step toward homeownership. Yet many first-time homebuyers wait until they are ready to start house hunting before contacting a lender.
"It's never too early to set up a free buyer consultation with a lender," Adamo says. "Every buyer needs to get prequalified early enough in the process so that they can make some changes if they need to or correct errors on their credit report."
Some buyers may need to spend up to a year saving more money, increasing their incomes or cleaning up their credit before making an offer on a home.
A buyer consultation should include creating long-term financial goals and strategies for buying property, Adamo says.