Most people want to buy the house they grew up in. That may include the Leave it to Beaver house, or the Brady Bunch home. We all want the house that fits our image of the ideal lifestyle, because of that you can be blinded to huge defects.
Water in the basement is one of the big factors here in Seattle. Many properties sell in the Spring when it’s harder to tell if there are water issues. Another thing is system defects, with wiring, or plumbing. Your home inspector puts into his report that there may be defects hidden in the walls, and that turns out to be true in some cases.
When you look at homes it’s better to have a person with experience helping you look for the home. A second pairs of eyes, and the experience of seeing hundreds or thousands of home in invaluable.
Many people complain that a Real Estate agent only wants to make a sale. They look for those people who have other sources of income, or who have less of a push to get you into a home. I can appreciate that, but then there is some lack of motivation in that thinking. It’s hard to know what is best, but it is for sure better to have some one with you, than going it alone, with your emotions in tow.