10 Steps to Buying a Home
Step #1: Save for Your Down Payment
Create a budget and do your research. There are lots of low down payment options available.
Step #2: Know Your Credit Score
Learn your score and clean up outstanding debts like student loans and credit cards.
Step #3: Find a Real Estate Agent
Contact a local professional to guide you through the process.
Step #4: Get Pre-Approved
Differentiate yourself as a serious buyer and have a better sense of what you can afford.
Step #5: Find a Home
Work with your agent to find a home in your budget that meets your needs.
Step #6: Make an Offer
Determine your price and negotiate the contract.
Step #7: Have a Home Inspection
Address any hidden issues in the home with the seller.
Step #8: Get a Home Appraisal
Ensure the property is worth the price you are prepared to pay.
Step #9: Close the Sale
Schedule a closing date once the loan is approved so you can sign the final paperwork.
Step #10: Move In
Congratulations! You’re a homeowner.
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