Purchase a Home

First steps to take for first time homebuyers

TV shows and realtor advertisements do a great job of showing the last step of becoming a first-time homebuyer – smiling while you take possession of the keys on the front step. It’s no surprise that buying a house involves a lot of moving parts, but most first-time buyers never learn that they can take first steps – and ideally should – much earlier than they think. Like, years earlier.

Of course, first-time homebuyers by definition have no experience to draw from. So we asked some of our financial advisors for the best advice they give or wish they had a chance to give to people before they buy their first house, condo or other residence.

In conclusion: Be thoughtful, be prepared, be flexible, be curious. Buying a home is exciting and one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life. It’s worth the extra effort it takes to prepare and do it right. Also, with only so many houses available at any one time, your mindset matters. Be flexible and curious to learn about options you might not think you would consider.

With the right planning and a quality team – you give yourself the best chance to find the home of your dreams on your terms.