Money Monday: Your 10-Step Plan for Buying a Home

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  • Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
  • Explore Homebuyer Programs
  • Find a Reputable Realtor
  • Review the Selection
  • Order a Home Inspection
  • See Things Through to the End
  • Take Your Seat at the Closing Table
  • Step One
  • Set Yourself Up for Success
  • Figure Out What You Can Afford
  • Make Wise Financial Choices

Find a Reputable Realtor

Buying a home is a big purchase decision; make sure you have someone on your side to handle the negotiations, the reams of paperwork, and the other requirements of selecting a home and closing on a loan. Realtors get paid by the home sellers, so their services come at no charge to you. Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for names of Realtors that they’ve worked with in the past or check out the National Association of Realtors® Find a Realtor page.

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