The home buying process can seem complicated, but if you take things step-by-step and you know how to choose the right home loan, you will soon be holding the keys to your own home!

Ten steps to buying a home
  • Step - 1

    Figure out how much you can afford. What you can afford depends on your income, credit rating, current monthly expenses, down payment and the interest rate. The calculators can help, but it is best to visit a lender to find out for sure. A housing counselor can help you figure out how to manage and pay off your debt, and start saving for that down payment!

  • Step - 2

    Know your rights!

  • Step - 3

    Shop for a loan. Save money by doing your homework. Talk to several lenders, compare costs and interest rates, and negotiate to get a better deal. Consider getting pre-approved for a loan.

  • Step - 4

    Learn about home buying programs

  • Step - 5

    Shop for a home. Choose a real estate agent, Wish list - what features do you want, Home-shopping checklist - take this list with you when comparing homes.

  • Step - 6

    Make an offer. Discuss the process with your real estate agent. If the seller counters your offer, you may need to negotiate until you both agree to the terms of the sale.

  • Step - 7

    Get a home inspection. Make your offer contingent on a home inspection. An inspection will tell you about the condition of the home, and can help you avoid buying a home that needs major repairs.

  • Step - 8

    Shop for homeowners insurance Lenders require that you have homeowners insurance. Be sure to shop around.

  • Step - 9

    Sign papers. You're finally ready to go to "settlement" or "closing." Be sure to read everything before you sign!

  • Step - 10

    The House is yours now. Have Puja or hawan.