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Your Guide to Buying a Home

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Preparing to Buy a House

How do I start the home buying process?

Ready to buy but not sure how? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a preview of how you should prepare and what you can expect.

What is pre-approval?

Getting pre-approved will kickstart your home buying process. It will give you a better idea of how much you can borrow, your estimated monthly mortgage costs, and what interest rates you can expect on your loans. When sellers see you’ve been pre-approved, they know to take your offer seriously.

What do I do after getting pre-approved?

Yes, getting pre-approved is a productive first step in buying a home. But once you’re pre-approved, there are certain actions that can derail your buying process. Here are 5 Mistakes to Avoid After Pre-Approval.

What should I avoid when buying a house?

As you prepare to buy, knowing what not to do can often be just as helpful as knowing what to do. By understanding the pitfalls buyers can fall into, you can identify the signs of these common buying mistakes ahead of time.

First-time Home Buyer

First-time home buyers often face a simple question: I’ve never bought a home before, so how will I know when I’m ready? Here are 7 Signs You're Ready to Buy a Home.

What does it cost to buy a home?

Some expenses that come with buying a home are easier to account for than others. Knowing the costs of the buying process will help you budget for a home purchase. Here are 10 Costs Associated with Buying a Home.

Do I have to put twenty percent down?

When it comes to making a down payment, it isn’t twenty percent or bust. Granted, lenders view a twenty percent down payment as less risky and therefore won’t require you to purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI), but if a lump sum payment of that size isn’t in the cards for you, you’re not out of luck. Learn about how private mortgage insurance (PMI) and other alternative financing options can create a path to homeownership.

What other home loans are available?

Including the alternatives to private mortgage insurance mentioned above, there are even more financing options available for home buyers with specific qualifications. For active service and veteran personnel, VA loans can help make homeownership a reality.

Do I have to buy a house by myself?

Depending on your financial situation and your local market conditions, purchasing a home independently may be out of reach. Get to know the advantages and drawbacks of co-buying a home to decide whether it’s right for you.

Do I need homeowners insurance?

If you have a mortgage, your lender will likely require you to purchase homeowners insurance. Read more on The Importance of Homeowners Insurance to understand what a typical homeowners insurance policy covers and how much coverage you need.

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Is now a good time to buy based on market conditions?

Find out what’s happening in your area and the factors that might impact the purchase of your next home. Read Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner’s latest economic and housing update in his quarterly GARDNER REPORT.

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