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The story of my first home purchase is a lesson for all.

I bought my first house in 1974 at the age of 24. It was an early 1900’s 2 story of modest materials and I was not a home inspector. Nor did I have it inspected professionally. I relied upon a relative who had only a passing acquaintance with knowledge in this area. As I walked through this house that I just had fallen in love with, I saw problems. To each problem I saw a solution, and dismissed the problem as being an obstacle to the dream. There were many such problems and just as many “I can fix that” solutions.

Once I moved into the house, the breadth of these problems hit me. There were so many! I was overwhelmed.

The root of this situation is also the essence of this lesson. I was blinded by my emotional involvement.

Whatever speaks to you, whatever draws you to in this house you are considering purchasing; be it the porch, the garage, the view, the layout, the kitchen, the neighborhood, the school district, or the workshop, why not have the fresh eyes of an objective professional with no emotional interest? The money spent as a percentage of the purchase price is minimal.

Most real estate agents and mortgage lenders know the importance of (and recommend) a home inspection. Making the inspection a contingency of the purchase contract is seen as a wise action. Contract contingencies, regarding the severity of the problems discovered, can provide you with knowledge to proceed with confidence. Your agent can assist you in this regard. See you soon. Don Miller 828-243-8649

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