They couldn’t stand the pressure and were willing to forfeit their $1,000 deposit. So how do you avoid these situations? Rely on your agent, who is a professional and has an obligation to help you make the best deal possible. If a relative brings up a valid problem with the house, discuss it with your agent.
Not involving your family or friends in your purchase of a home can sometimes be difficult. If mom and dad are putting up the down payment or co-signing the mortgage, then they’ll be a big part of the deal regardless. But on the whole, getting too many opinions can be worse than getting no opinions at all.
A typical example would be a 900-square foot bungalow with an addition built on the back or side. Sometimes it’s a well-planned addition that blends in; other times it’s a tacky add-on. Homes in neighborhoods that have become run down owing to a high percentage of rentals or foreclosed properties (although if you’re an investor, buying homes in these areas can eventually turn into good investments).