Congratulations! Purchasing a home or even thinking of buying a home is an exciting adventure. You will be able to say you are a homeowner.  With so many benefits from purchasing your own home you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.  Owning a home helps you build equity and helps you save for your future.  Each time you pay your mortgage some of that money comes back to you through your equity rather than lining the pockets of some landlord.  In this section, you will find information that you will need to get started and put you on the right track to finding your home.

In this Home Buyers Guide, I will take you through the steps required to determine the type of home ownership that is right for you. Your home buying experience should be as pleasant as possible, so I have included informative articles on mortgages, house hunting, making your first offer, the closing details, moving and much more.

Pre-shopping
Before you do anything, you have to ask yourself, “What am I looking for my next home?” It is a harder question to answer than most people think.  Determining what you want, versus what you need, in a home can be difficult.  Identifying your needs and must haves to fit your lifestyle, will go a long way in saving you time and money while you look for your perfect home.

Arranging a mortgage
Prior to shopping for a home, you need to qualify for and obtain a preapproval for a mortgage. Buying a home is a significant investment in your future and not everyone will be able to purchase a home out right.  Most people will require a mortgage to purchase a home and in this section we will explain mortgage types, terms and how to qualify.

Viewing Homes
Choosing a home is a major decision. By making the most out of your home viewing experience, you can learn how you can avoid costly errors.  As well, knowing what to look for during a viewing will help you get an idea of what you want out of a home and maybe even give you some new ideas you didn’t think about before.

The Offer
So you have found a house that you think is perfect for you. Are you ready to make an offer? This section explains the components of an offer and how it forms an essential part of your purchase. Making the right offer could save you a lot of money.

Closing
You are so close to being finished, you can almost taste it, but buying a home is not as simple as picking up the keys.  Your dream home is only a few more steps away and rushing in with too much emotion could prove to be costly. This section will explain the importance of hiring the right professionals to ensure you are legally protected.

The Move
All you have left to do is move into your new dream home.  However, the move can be as emotional as it is physical.  It is also a very important step to calling a house or condo your home.  In this section you will find some tips and tricks to make your move as simple and as manageable as possible.

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