(1) Not getting a mortgage pre-approval. This is step one period. (2) Shopping for a home you cannot afford. Know your budget and don’t go over it. (3) Using a shady mortgage lender. Incompetent lenders will blow up your home purchase. (4) Submitting a lowball offer. Many home sellers will not even respond. (5) Buying a big-ticket item prior to closing. If you can’t eat it, don’t buy it. Please contact Ed Curry at 941-799-9440 if you are thinking of selling or purchasing a home.