10 areas where buyers make mistakes

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You've heard it countless times before: A home is the biggest purchase you will ever make in your life. The sheer magnitude of the financial commitment should itself serve as a note of caution for those who want to blindly jump right in to home ownership.

However, even those who may think they are being careful can fall into unexpected pitfalls.

You don't want the biggest purchase of your life to be the biggest mistake of your life.

In her years as a buyer's broker in Massachusetts, Rona Fischman has seen the most common missteps that buyers make, and the misconceptions many of them take into the buying process.

Rona Fischman is a buyer's agent for 4 Buyers Real Estate, which she opened in April 2008. She previously worked in a Belmont exclusive buyer agency for 6 years and at a buyer agency in Newton for 11 years.

Fischman, who also writes about the Massachusetts real estate market in Boston.com's Real Estate Now blog, offers the following tips in 10 areas to help you find the right help and the right home by avoiding the past mistakes of buyers.

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