FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS SERIES

Introduction: Why Should You Buy a House?

Wondering why you should buy a house? We have seven good reasons you should stop renting, we’ll address some of the concerns you may have and we’ll share exactly what you need to do to start the home buying process.

Step 1: How To Get Home Loan Pre-Approval

How do you get pre-approved for a home loan? We interviewed lenders to find out everything you need to know about home loans and mortgages. 

Looking for Financial Assistance to Buy a Home?

These 20 first-time homebuyer programs, loans and grants are great options for Iowa residents ready to become homeowners! Learn more about the resources available to you. 

Step 2: How To Find An Agent

How do you find a good real estate agent as a first-time homebuyer? We’ve got the answers to your questions about finding the right real estate agent for you!

Step 3: How To Search For A Home

 Ready to search for a home? We’ll show you how to get started, questions to ask your agent and what your agent can’t tell you.

Step 4: How To Make An Offer

Did you find your dream home? This guide will show you how to make an offer on a house, what to ask for, how to negotiate and what to expect during the process. 

Step 5: What To Expect During Inspections

The home inspection can be confusing and scary – but it shouldn’t be! We interviewed home and pest inspectors so you can learn more about what to expect, what deal breakers you might find and what a pest inspection covers.

Step 6: How To Prepare for Closing

There’s a lot to do before you’re ready to close! We’ll cover title search, appraisals, homeowners insurance and home warranties as we show you how to prepare to close on a house.

Step 7: What You Need To Know About Home Loan Approval

Before you can close on your new home, your lender will officially approve your home loan. We interviewed a local expert to find out what happens behind the scenes on your new home loan. 

Step 8: What To Look For During Your Final Walkthrough

This is the last step before you officially close! We’ll share what the final walkthrough looks like, what to look for and how to address any issues you encounter.

Step 9: How To Close On Your House

It’s closing day! We’ll walk you through the closing process and explain the paperwork involved- all leading up to you officially closing on your new home!

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