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The First-Time Home Buyer Journey

A step-by-step guide to buying your first home or condo.
Step 1

Review Your Finances

The first step you should always take when looking to buy your first home or condo is to do a thorough audit of your finances. Things you’ll want to consider include how much you have in your savings, where your debt-to-income ratio stands, and whether or not you have enough to cover a down payment and closing costs.

Step 2

Meet With a Lender

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Step 3

Find a Real Estate Agent

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Step 4

Start Your Home Search

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Step 5

Make an Offer

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First-Time Buyer Tips

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Best Time To Buy

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Money Saving Ideas

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Closing Costs Explained

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Mistakes To Avoid

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Illinois Programs & Grants

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Ready to take the next step??

Start your first-time home buyer journey now. Getting the pre-approval process started only takes a couple minutes.