1. Buying A Home: Introduction
  2. Buying A Home: Choosing Your Location
  3. Buying A Home: Determine What Kind Of Home Suits Your Needs
  4. Buying A Home: Calculate How Much Home You Can Afford
  5. Buying A Home: Get Preapproved For A Loan
  6. Buying A Home: Find An Agent
  7. Buying A Home: Find A Home
  8. Buying A Home: Write An Offer
  9. Buying A Home: Go Through The Escrow Process
  10. Buying A Home: Get Properly Insured
  11. Buying A Home: Close And Become A Homeowner
  12. Buying A Home: Conclusion

By Amy Fontinelle

Hopefully this tutorial has made the process of buying a home seem a little less intimidating and a lot more manageable. There's no question that it's complicated, time-consuming enough to feel like a second job and often stressful, but millions of people have gone through the exact same process and come out relatively unscathed.

Owning a home can be a significant source of wealth and at least as importantly, a significant source of comfort, stability and happiness. And if, after owning a home for a while, you don't find yourself in the majority of people who love owning a home, you can always sell it and try again with a new place or even go back to renting.

The important thing is to educate yourself before you do it - don't let the mystery factor or the intimidation factor of the home-buying process scare you away from your dream of home ownership.

(Looking to learn more? Check out Closing A Real Estate Deal In A Bad Housing Market and Use Real Estate To Put Off Tax Bills.)

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