Any major purchase requires research, careful analysis, consideration, and thought. Home buying isn't any different! Determining the right location, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms needed, and outdoor space is the easier things. However, there are many other factors to think about in your home search.

Below are the 10 steps to buying a home this summer:

Step #1 - Save Your Down Payment

Many people believe you need 20% down payment to buy a home. There are loans available that allow buyers to put down as little as 3% or 0% with a VA or USDA loan.

Step #2 - Know Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a numeric representation of your history and ability to pay back debts in the past. Different home loans have different credit requirements.

Step #3 - Find A Real Estate Agent

Once you have a handle on your credit score and down payment savings, contact a local agent who can guide you through a process of buying your first home.

Step #4 - Get Pre-Approved

Your agent will have a list of lenders that you can work with to get pre-approved for your mortgage. This will help keep you on budget during the next step.

Step #5 - Go Home Shopping

Make a list of what you want vs what you need in your new home. Your agent will use this list to find homes for you to tour.

Step #6 - Make An Offer

Your agent will help you determine the best price to offer for the home. In a competitive market, you may not be the only one bidding and will want to stand out.

Step #7 - Get a Home Inspection

Once your offer is accepted, you will want to do a home inspection to ensure there are not any hidden issues with the home.

Step #8 - Get a Home Appraisal

Your lender will arrange for a home appraisal to ensure that the property is worth the price that you have agreed to pay for it. The bank will only issue a loan for the appraised value.

Step #9 - Close the Sale

Once your loan is approved, your lender will schedule a closing date. This is the day you sign all your paperwork to complete the purchase and get the keys to your new home!

Step #10 - Move In!

Congratulations! You're a homeowner.

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