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5 emotional mistakes made by homebuyers

Don't let emotion get the best of you
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Don't let emotion get the best of you

Real estate agents say emotional mistakes are common among homebuyers, who sometimes let good deals pass them by. Or worse, buyers overpay for their "dream homes" because they let feelings cloud their judgment.

But buyers shouldn't beat themselves up for getting emotional. Buying a home is often the biggest purchase a person will make. Homebuyers "need someone in their corner who can counsel them and make sure they are making a smart investment, not an emotionally driven purchase," says Nick Jabbour, a New York City real estate agent and vice president of Nest Seekers International.

Buyers should be aware of emotional mistakes many of their peers make. Here are five common errors, with advice on how to avoid making them.

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