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The Buying Game: How to Avoid 9 Costly Mistakes!

Allison Norman, Realtor
Allison Norman, Realtor

The Buying Game: How to Avoid

9 Costly Mistakes!

  1. The Wrong House: Too Big, Too Small? Too much land? Fixer-upper (what’s a hammer?) Define your current and future needs now before you buy? Imminent
    retirement, on the road a lot, teens leaving the roost?
  2. Bidding on Bank Foreclosed Properties or Real Estate Owned (REO’s)? What to expect!—I work with a Realtor of 30+ years experience in Sonoma County Real Estate and we work with Asset Managers daily in the sale of Bank Owned, REO properties. We know how to write an offers which capture the attention of the banks!
  3. Title Trouble Traps: Always, repeat always! Get Title Insurance. End of story.
  4. Survey Surprises: Buying country property requires knowing your property lines.
    Even older subdivisions should be looked at hard!
  5. Last Minute Defects: Get all appropriate reports during your due diligence period
    so you have time to negotiate and maybe back out and get your deposits back. Continue reading The Buying Game: How to Avoid 9 Costly Mistakes!

Looking forward to sharing my insights.

I’m thrilled to be able to add my thoughts and insights to Mike’s Blog.  I will be posting my personal insight into this market with a unique perspectuive as a home-owner struggling along with the masses.  I’ll also throw in occasional tidbits of information  and resources gathered from my community involvement with the City of Santa Rosa, as well as fun facts about this great area we live in.  If you’d like to be added to my weekly newsletter email me at  you may also wish to visit my website I’ll also will be appearing on the Real Estate Hour on August 30th! Tune me in!