One crucial mistake Buyers can make is forgetting that while they are shopping for properties, the sellers are shopping for buyers. Your financial resume needs to look as good to the seller as the best homes on the market look to you! Your financial capability has to be proven. Your paperwork needs to be clean, crisp and appealing. This means you need to do your homework up front so that you are pre-approved and rock solid. This will shift the focus off of you and back to the property – where it should be during offer negotiations.