Home Buying Steps

home Buying guide
Use this 7-Step Home Buying Guide to review the entire home buying process. It collects all of the information from our site and outlines it for review in a step-by-step plan.


Step 1: Analyze the Home Buying Numbers

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analyze the numbers | view home affordability tips
budget for home buying | get yourself pre-approved | check your credit

Step 2: Search Homes

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real estate listings | for-sale-by-owner FSBO | foreclosures
new home construction
| classified ads | online classified | other search

find an agent | working with an agent
about location | check values | view home styles styles

Step 3: Making the Offer

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negotiate the purchase offer | complete a home inspection
get a home valuation report

Step 4: Understanding Escrow

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review the mortgage escrow account | will you need PMI

Step 5: Arrange Financing

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view mortgage loan types | get qualified for financing | view rates
12-step mortgage loan process
| loan calculators
what's needed for the application

Step 6: Go to Closing

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about home closing and settlement | estimate your closing costs
HUD-1 settlement statement

Step 7: Moving In

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moving-into your new home | home fix-up gallery