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Step-by-Step Home Buying Guide


Buying a home is a big decision and can be an overwhelming process, especially for first-time homebuyers. But don’t worry – this step-by-step home buying guide will help you navigate the process and make informed decisions along the way.

Step 1: Determine Your Budget

Before you start looking at homes, you need to determine your budget. You can do this by taking a close look at your finances and consider factors like your income, expenses, and debts. You’ll also want to factor in any down payment and closing costs associated with buying a home. The best way to determine a budget is to speak directly to our preferred financial partner. 

Step 2: Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is an important step in the home buying process. This will help you understand how much you can afford and give you a better idea of what your monthly mortgage payments will be. It also shows sellers that you’re serious about buying and can help you stand out in a competitive market.

Step 3: Start Your Home Search

Once you know your budget and have been pre-approved for a mortgage, it’s time to start your home search. Consider factors like location, size, and style of home, as well as any other features that are important to you. Work with a real estate agent who knows the local market and can help you find the right home for your needs and budget.

Step 4: Make an Offer

Once you’ve found the right home, it’s time to make an offer. Your real estate agent can help you determine the right offer price based on the local market and any other factors that may impact the home’s value. You’ll also want to include any contingencies, such as a home inspection, in your offer.

Step 5: Home Inspection

Once your offer has been accepted, you & your broker will begin to schedule third-party home inspections. This will help you identify any potential issues with the home and give you an opportunity to negotiate repairs or concessions.

Step 6: Finalize Your Mortgage

After the home inspections are complete and all negotiations are wrapped up, it’s time to finalize your mortgage. Your lender will need to conduct a final review of your finances and the property to ensure that everything is in order.

Step 7: Closing

The final step in the home buying process is the closing. This is where you’ll sign all of the necessary paperwork and officially take ownership of the home. You’ll also need to bring any remaining funds needed to close, such as your down payment and closing costs.

Buying a home can be a complex process, but by following these steps with a well-versed and top producing real estate broker,  you can make informed decisions and find the home of your dreams. Remember to work with a real estate agent and lender who you trust, like an agent with the Ivy Residential agent and our preferred financial partner who can easily help guide you through the process. Good luck!

Make sure to check out our very own Ivy Residential Home Buying Step-by-Step guide.

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