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Did you know that as a buyer, a Realtor's services are free!

Congratulations! You have decided to purchase a home. You will be joining the ranks of hundreds of families who realize that home ownership offers a number of benefits including building equity, saving for the future and creating an environment for your family. When you own your own home, your hard-earned dollars contribute to your mortgage, not a landlord's. The equity you earn is yours and over time, your home will increase in value.

In this Home Buyer's Guide, you will find the information you need to make a wise buying decision. It will take you through the planning process step-by-step, to help you determine which home is right for you. You will find a host of informative articles on mortgages, viewing homes, the offer, closing details and moving.

Pre-shopping
Before you start shopping for your home, why not give some thought to the following: Your lifestyle, the features you need and want, affordability, and the neighborhoods you prefer. With the information you will come closer to finding your perfect home - sooner!

Arranging a mortgage
Most people require a mortgage to purchase a home. This section explains the elements of a mortgage including type, terms, and how to qualify for one. In addition, choosing the right mortgage for your needs can help you retire this financial obligation sooner.

Viewing Homes
This section gives you some advice on making the most of your viewing experience. When you separate emotion from facts, and the condition of the house, you will be in a better position to purchase a home that meets both your needs and your budget. You can also avoid any costly errors that could lead to future problems.

The Offer
This section explains the components of an offer and how it forms an essential part of your purchase.

Closing
Buying a home is a complicated process involving a buyer and seller, and lawyers for each of these parties. This section will explain the importance of a home inspection, title transfer, appraisal, and surveyor to ensure you are legally protected.

The Move
While moving is inconvenient and disrupting there are some ways to make the move more manageable. You might even save some money in the process.

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