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5 Steps to Buying Your Home


1. Start Your Research Early

Begin viewing magazines and Real Estate websites that show houses that are on the market. Take notes of the homes that you like, follow them to see how long they stay on the market, and  note the changes in asking prices. This will give you a sense of the housing trends in specific areas of interest.


2. Determine How much House You can Afford

Lenders generally recommend that people look for homes that cost no more than 3-5 times their annual household income if the home buyers plan to make a 20% down payment and have a moderate amount of debt.


3. Get Preapproved for a Mortgage

You will need to know how much you can actually spend. The best way to do this is to get a pre-approval for a mortgage. 


4. Find the Right Real Estate Agent

Real Esatate Agents are important partners when you're buying a home. You will want to interview a Realtor who will explain the purchasing process, their experience, and the benefits to hiring her to help you achieve your goal.


5. Shop for Your Home & Make an Offer

If the home embraces you when you enter and includes all or most of your must-haves  - make an offer!