Anxiety-free home buying

Buying your first home is thrilling. But you may feel a little daunted, too, when you consider everything you’ve got to learn and do – not to mention the mortgage you’ll be taking on.

For starters, you’ve got to understand all of the ins and outs of the local housing market. That means learning about home construction and maintenance as well as price trends in the neighborhood you’ve got your eye on.

Then there is the financial side of things. You’ll need to get a good handle on your own finances and find out how interest rate movements and different mortgage features affect what you can afford to spend.

You can’t afford to make ill-informed decisions, because you are going to borrow a very large sum of money that will probably take you many years to pay off.

If that weren’t enough, you’ve got to find a real estate agent you are comfortable working with.

Luckily, buying a home – like many complicated tasks – becomes much easier when you take it one step at a time. LendingTree can help you do just that. Follow these steps to stay on track – all the way home.

1. Check your credit rating.
2. Do a budget.
3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage.
4. Find a real estate agent to help you.
5. Determine what you need in a home and shop until you find it.
6. Find the right mortgage for you.
7. Make an offer and negotiate a purchase price for your home.
8. Get a home inspection and appraisal.
9. Arrange insurance.
10. Close the deal.
11. Move into your home.

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