Homebuying can be complicated.
Let’s simplify it.

Buying a home is a big step, and this process can quickly become complicated. How much do you need for a downpayment? How much should your payment be? Where and how should you start looking for your home? You probably have a lot of questions. We wrote this guide to answer them, and help make your first-time homebuying experience neat and organized.

Inside the guide you’ll learn more about:

  • Financial benefits of homeownership including tax credits and deductions
  • How to calculate your financial readiness and improve it
  • How to calculate your ideal mortgage amount and payment
  • How to choose a Realtor that works with your needs in a competitive market
  • Most common mistakes first-time homebuyers make and how to avoid them

In a competitive housing market, preparation is key. Information and preparation will put you ahead of your home-hunting peers, and put you in a place to move on your ideal home faster. Once you calculate how much house you can afford, your ideal mortgage payment, and how to find the best home in your price range, you’ll narrow in on your dream home faster. You’ll also be able to enjoy a low-stress living situation where you can confidently afford mortgage payments while making valuable home improvements and growing your investment.

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Easily Calculating Your Mortgage Amount and Payments

You know you want a comfortable home you’ll love for years to come, but you don’t want to overextend your budget. You want to invest in your home and gain equity, but you also want to balance the costs of rent against a mortgage. These are important considerations that will help you find a beautiful home as well as a low-stress lifestyle. Taking a close look at your finances early on will help you narrow the housing market, get mortgage approval faster, and make a competitive offer on your home.

In this guide, we’ll help you organize this process and take you through the following:

  • How to maximize your chances for mortgage approval
  • How to calculate all of the costs of buying a home, including your down payment, insurance, and monthly payments.
  • How to calculate your mortgage payments in accordance with your lifestyle and current debts
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First Time Home Buying Guide Finding a Realtor

Finding a Realtor

In a competitive seller’s market, buyers have to move fast and search smart to find the right house and make a competitive bid. A skilled and knowledgeable Realtor is essential to this process. Your Realtor is your partner to help you navigate the homebuying process. Finding the right Realtor can make the difference between a low-stress, exciting, and organized process, and one that is chaotic and uncertain. We’ll address some of the best attributes to look for in a Realtor, and how to spot a Realtor that is and isn’t right for you.

  • How to interview Realtors for the right qualities
  • Information and dad your Realtor should be able to provide
  • What a Realtor can do to simplify your process

Avoiding First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Doing anything for the first time means making some mistakes. But when you're buying a home, these mistakes can be costly. Your homebuying process might not be the same as your friend’s or neighbor's, so it’s difficult to know what to expect. We addressed some of the most common first-time homebuyer mistakes to help you avoid these pitfalls and navigate the homebuying process easily.

In the guide, we’ll address some of the following:

  • How to avoid overestimating your budget
  • Balancing your needs and wants while home hunting
  • How to avoid a fixer-upper you’re not ready for
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