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First-Time Homebuyers: 4 Things to Do Before You Find Your Home

by Julie Hillebrand 09/25/2022

Excited to shop for your first home? Before you schedule showings and attending open houses, there are a few steps you should take to prepare.

1. Check Your Credit Score

If you're like most first-time homebuyers, you'll need to take out a mortgage in order to pay for your home. Before you apply for any kind of home loan, it's a good idea to know where your credit stands. After all, your credit will be a major determining factor in whether your mortgage application will be approved.

Reviewing your credit score also gives you an opportunity to scrutinize your report for any mistakes or errors that need to be disputed and resolved before you apply for a mortgage.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

Next, it's time to secure a pre-approval letter for a home loan. While a pre-approval is not a guarantee that your formal application will be approved, this is a good way for you to get a better idea of how much you'll be able to borrow.

3. Find a Trusted Real Estate Agent

If you haven't already found a real estate agent, now is the time to do so. Because sellers typically pay an agent's commission, you shouldn't have to pay a thing to work with a real estate agent as a first-time buyer. Ideally, you'll want to work with somebody who is familiar with the area in which you wish you buy and has experience helping first-time buyers.

4. Save For a Down Payment

Last but certainly not least, make sure you've saved up some money for your down payment, closing costs and other expenses related to buying your first home. These can add up quickly, so you'll want to be prepared and start saving as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the down payment you are required to make may vary based on your lender and the type of mortgage you choose.

There's a lot that has to happen before you buy your first home. By following these steps, however, you'll be set up for greater success when it's time to shop around!

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Julie Hillebrand

My personal commitment is to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I feel that it is very important to know who you are working with when making any real estate purchase or sale.

I am a dedicated and knowledgeable Tucson real estate agent who can provide you with the highly specialized information that will help you make the right decisions. It’s the combination of this unique market-knowledge and excellent negotiating skills that enable me to get you the optimal price for any property you plan to sell or buy.

I have been a Tucson real estate agent since 1997, I am a Relocation Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative, Graduate of the Realtor Institute and Certified Distressed Property Expert. I have the knowledge, experience and education to assure your experience is a successful one.
In my spare time,  I enjoy spending time riding my horse, hiking, biking, skiing and anything in the great outdoors.

I'm sure you will love Arizona as much as I do. I look forward to working with you.