Sample ImageA guide for buying your first home with a home loan. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Determine your budget: Before you start looking for a home, it's important to figure out how much you can afford. Consider your income, expenses, debts, and savings to determine what you can comfortably pay for a monthly mortgage payment.

  2. Get pre-approved for a home loan: Once you know your budget, it's a good idea to get pre-approved for a home loan. This will give you an idea of how much you can borrow and what interest rate you can expect.

  3. Choose the right type of home loan: There are many types of home loans available, including fixed-rate, adjustable-rate, FHA, VA, and USDA loans. Research your options and choose the one that best fits your needs.

  4. Find a real estate agent: A good real estate agent can help you find homes that fit your budget and needs. Look for an agent who has experience working with first-time homebuyers and who knows the local market well.

  5. Start house hunting: Once you have a pre-approval and a real estate agent, you can start looking at homes. Take your time and visit several properties to find the right one for you.

  6. Make an offer: When you find a home you like, work with your real estate agent to make an offer. Consider the asking price, the condition of the home, and any repairs or upgrades that may be needed.

  7. Get a home inspection: Before closing on the home, it's important to get a home inspection. This will reveal any issues with the property that you may not have noticed during your visits.

  8. Close on the home: If the inspection goes well and you're satisfied with the terms of the home loan, you can close on the home. This involves signing a lot of paperwork, but your real estate agent and lender will guide you through the process.

Buying your first home with a home loan can be a complex process, but it's also an exciting milestone. By following these steps, you can make the process as smooth as possible and find a home that you'll love for years to come.

For more information about all of our First Time Homebuyer programs, give me a call at 253-472-1500.

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