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Watch more How to Buy a Home videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to buy a house by doing your due diligence and following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Acquire your credit record Acquire your credit record and clean up anything you can, paying off loans if possible. Step 2: Get pre-qualified Get pre-qualified by a mortgage company through an application process with a loan officer. Good candidates may be approved for a home price three times their yearly income. Tip Don't look for a house if you have not been in a job for at least two years and established a credit record Step 3: Network to find a realtor Find a realtor you trust who knows the area you have chosen to look for a house. Step 4: Get a disclosure Get a disclosure or list of problems from the seller of the home you have chosen. Consult your realtor's list of comparable values in the area to determine what your offer will be. Step 5: Make an offer Make an offer stipulating a satisfactory inspection of the home and an appraised value equal to or more than the purchase price. Have an inspection done, and expect the owner to fix any problems, or negotiates a new price. Step 6: Search for insurance Search for insurance coverage once all purchase agreement contingencies have been removed. Before closing, review the final closing papers with your real estate agent and attorney. Tip Lenders can vary on origination fees and other loan costs so shop around for the best way to lower your monthly payment. Step 7: Close it Close the deal at a title company chosen by the seller to finish the paperwork. Then pay the down payment, along with closing costs. Did You Know? As of 2009, a tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence before year's end.
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