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Now might be a great time to buy your first home.
The market is bloated with houses for sale. Many sellers, eager to move up and tired of waiting, are willing to negotiate. And while interest rates have risen lately, they're still at enticing levels.
It could be the opportune time to become a homeowner if you're ready. That's a big if, because the fallout from the foreclosure crisis has brought stricter loan qualifications that make it harder to borrow money.
Beacon Journal reporters Betty Lin-Fisher and Mary Beth Breckenridge have developed a series of stories to help first-time home buyers determine whether they're ready for homeownership and guide them through the steps involved in searching for, financing and purchasing a home. The intention is to help buyers avoid the mistakes that led to the recent wave of foreclosures and find homes that fit both their needs and their budgets.May 18, 2008
Know what you can spend without breaking the family budget
Interview to find one who's a good fit; be clear on the commission
Bank or credit union where you already do business is a good place to start.
May 24, 2008
Today we'll walk you through each step of buying your first home.
An inspection costs a few hundred dollars, but what it uncovers could be priceless
Thoroughly reviewing mountain of mortgage papers in advance can prevent huge headaches