Being a first-time home buyer is exciting, but I know it can also feel overwhelming. Put these 10 tips into practice today so your first home is a blessing not a burden.

  1. Pay Off All Debt and Build an Emergency Fund

  2. Determine How Much House You Can Afford

  3. Save a Down Payment

  4. Save for Closing Costs

  5. Get Preapproved for a Loan

  6. Find a Home for Sale in Your Price Range

  7. Research Neighborhoods for Best Fit

  8. Attend Open Houses and Think Long Term

  9. Make a Competitive Offer (That’s Within Your Budget!)

  10. Prepare for Closing

  11. BONUS TIP - CALL ME! A real estate professional will take the weight off your shoulders by helping you find a home, negotiate a deal, and see the process through until closing.