If 10 months spent indoors has you dreaming of a change of scenery—or you keep hearing about how interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and you want to take full advantage of it—you’re not alone. “The real estate market is really competitive right now,” says Beatrice de Jong, consumer trends expert at real estate site Opendoor. “It’s more common to see multiple offers on a house.”
And with great demand comes great…anxiety. You don’t want to miss out, but you’re moving so fast to find that perfect home that you worry something’s slipping through the cracks. We spoke to experts nationwide to uncover the biggest mistakes homebuyers are making—and what you can do to avoid repeating them.