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How To Buy A House

Your Goals

Buying a house is a long and complicated process involving many people and requiring important legal obligations. A short list of the people involved in buying a house include: real estate agents, mortgage underwriters, appraisers, title search professionals, home inspectors and others. The course material below provides an essential overview of the steps involved in buying a house, as well as the people and companies involved in the process.

Step 1: Prepare Your Finances

How To Improve My Credit

Before you buy a new home, you need to assess your ability to buy by looking at your credit score. Click here to learn how you can fix issues that may be keeping you from your dreams.

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How To Get Pre-Approval

Preapproval is the first step to find out how much home you can afford. Learn how to succeed in getting just the right home.

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Down Payment Assistance

Short on cash to make the Down Payment? There is often help out there if you know where to look. Learn where to get down payment assistance for your new home purchase.

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Step 2: Find The Property

What Makes A Great Agent

Purchasing a new home can get complicated very quickly. Click here to see how a good real estate agent can help you avoid the pitfalls of buying a new home.

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Desirable Locations

Location is everything in real estate. Click here to learn the things to look for and to stay away from when picking the location of your new home.

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Zillow Tips & Tricks

Zillow is an important part of the house hunting landscape. Click here to learn the tips and tricks of some of Zillow's lesser-known features.

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Step 3: Negotiate The Transaction

Even You Can Negotiate

Basic negotiation skills are easy to learn. Free training teaches you how to negotiate a better deal when purchasing a new home.

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Negotiating The Price

Learn to negotiate a great home price whether you are in a buyer's market or a seller's market.

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Negotiate Mortgage Financing

Learn how to negotiate with a lender to lower your short-term and long-term mortgage costs.

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Step 4: Complete Home Inspection

Home Inspection 101

Buying a home is a major purchase, learn to spot hidden or structural problems and avoid buying a money pit.

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Pest Inspection Benefits

What is the silent destroyer behind the walls? Learn more about a home pest inspection before you purchase a new home.

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Picking A Home Inspector

Picking a qualified home inspector is an important decision. Learn what to look for to make the right choice.

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Step 5: Secure Mortgage Financing

How To Get A Mortgage

Free video teaches the mortgage application process, what documentation you need, how long the process takes, and more information about how to pay for your new home.

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What Is Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage Insurance is often confused with Home Owners Insurance. Click here to find out how Mortgage Insurance helps to ensure the lender receives payment if you fail to repay the loan.

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Role Of The Title Company

There are many players in the purchase of any property in a real estate transaction. One of the players is the Title Agent or Title Company. Click here to find out what the role of the Title company is in a real estate transaction.

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Step 6: Complete The Transaction

What Is A Title Search

Clear property ownership is the goal of a title search. Click here to see what is involved in providing the buyer with a clear title in a real estate transaction.

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What Is Buyers Closing

In a real estate transaction the focus is always on the finish. The last step of the home buying process is what is called the Closing. Click here to find out what is involved in a real estate Closing.

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