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Buying a Home

The first thing you should do is focus on what you're looking for in a home. You can start by establishing priorities in the following three areas:

1. Location: Are you relocating to a new town because of a new job, or to be closer to your current job? How will the location of schools, shops, and transportation affect your choice of neighborhoods?

2. Personal tastes: How large a home do you need? What style of architecture do you prefer? On what kind of lot? Depending on where you live, you may have a choice of homes in dozens of styles, sizes, and settings.

3. Budget: How much home is wise for you to own?

As you consider these areas, do a little research of your own by conducting a property search, and reviewing our neighborhood info.

For affordability, try our mortgage calculator or contact our mortgage experts.

Finally, contact one of our friendly agents to help you find neighborhoods and properties that appeal to you. The more knowledgeable you become with our experts at your side, the better your final decision is likely to be.

When you’re ready to look at a home, bring your own:

· Notebook and pen for note-taking

· Flashlight for seeing enclosed areas

· Tape measure for checking room sizes, clearance, etc.

· Camera to assist you in remembering details about the home

Be prepared to "snoop around" a little. After all, you want to know as much as possible about the home you buy. Sellers understand that because their home is on the market, it will be looked over pretty thoroughly.

If you need to go back to a home for another look, your agent will be happy to schedule an appointment. Also, be sure to ask any questions you have about the home, even if you feel you're being nosy. You have a right to know.