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Home Ownership Guide

You've got questions about buying your first home. We've got answers.

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Is homeownership right for you?

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make, so prepare yourself to make an informed choice.

Are you financially ready to own a home?

So, you’ve decided that homeownership is right for you. Now you need to determine if you are financially ready to buy a house.

How much home can you afford?

Now that you have a clear picture of your current financial situation, it’s time to find out what you can afford in monthly housing costs.

How much will it really cost?

Now that you have figured out the home price range you can afford & the type of mortgage you qualify for, let's look at some of the other home buying costs.

What type of house should you buy?

Before you start searching for a home, you need to think about your needs both now and in the future.

Understanding your professional home buying team

Take a look at everyone on your professional home buying team, from your mortgage broker, to your lawyer, appraiser, insurance broker, and home inspector