I'm a First-Time Buyer

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You might have little experience shopping for a new home, but first–time buyers can still be savvy buyers. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Know What You Want

Put your wish list on paper to help narrow your search right from the start.

Be Flexible

Prioritize your wish list in advance so you'll know when to be firm and when to bend.

Calculate Spending Power

You'll want to know two things: how much cash you have and how large a mortgage you can handle. Wells Fargo

Start Online

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Research the Builder

A homebuilder with a long track record has the experience and staying power you want. (Ours is nearly 90 years.)

Learn the Lingo

When you can talk the talk, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident about the home-buying process. Glossary

Visualize Your Future

As you walk through a home, picture your family living in those four walls. Does it have the right space and flow for the way you want to live?

Drive the Community

Take time to explore the area and its amenities. Be sure to check out your commute to the office, too.

Take your Checkbook and Calendar

You'll need to put money down to reserve a home, and you'll be asked to set an appointment (about 2 hours) to complete paperwork.

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