Before you go house shopping

Learn what to do before you shop for a home.
Jasmine
If you’ve decided you’re ready to buy a home, there are some important steps you need to take before you go house shopping: make a game plan, evaluate how much you can pay, choose a lender, and get preapproved for a loan.

A couple studying their home-buying plan.

Ana
The process of homebuying is made much easier if you shop for a mortgage first, and then shop for a house.
Jasmine
In addition to reviewing this lesson, we strongly recommend you take a look at the next two: The homebuying process and Getting a mortgage.
Ana
Also, consider taking a class for first-time homebuyers. Many lenders, realtors, and homebuilders sponsor them. Check your local newspaper or search on the web to find a class near you.

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