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Are you a first-time homebuyer? If you have never purchased a home before, you need to do your research and ask plenty of questions. For example, you should be asking where is a good place to start. Continue reading and discover a few important steps homebuyers should take to begin the homebuying process. 

Get Prequalified for a mortgage

One of the best ways to gain a competitive edge on other buyers in the market is to get prequalified for a mortgage before you begin your home search. This is because when you are prequalified, you are seen by sellers as a serious buyer. Also, it expedites the home buying process because you know exactly how much you can afford to borrow. This will help eliminate homes that are out of your price range. 

Understand your credit score

Do you know your credit score? If you don’t know it already, you need to check your credit score because it affects your ability to purchase a home. The three major credit reporting agencies include Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Be sure that you review your credit report for any mistakes because it can negatively affect your score.

Learn about available mortgage options

As stated before, you need to conduct thorough research as a homebuyer. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a home and rush the process. However, it is in your best interest to learn about the various options available to you. One of the biggest choices being the mortgage options available to you. Be sure you understand the differences and choose the one that makes the most sense for you. 

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