Steps to buying a house


New car smell has nothing on the feeling you get when unlocking your home’s front door for the first time. But the process of reaching that euphoric moment? Well, it can feel like you’re navigating an obstacle course designed by the producers of “Survivor.” So we’ve mapped out the steps to buying a house — and enlisted seasoned homeowners and real estate pros to share tips for finding the right home at the best possible price.

See All Steps to Buying a Home

Buying a home is complicated. Follow this complete guide to get the right advice each step of the way. See the full Spotlight

Find an Agent & View Homes

Emotions run high when house-hunting. You need an agent you trust to keep you sane. See the full Spotlight

Get Home Financing

Costly mistakes happen during this step. Be super-picky about who your lender is. See the full Spotlight

Make an Offer & Negotiate

This is the pins-and-needles stage. It’s when your agent can help the most. See the full Spotlight

Prepare for Closing

Things are getting real! Look to your lender to guide you through the paperwork.

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