Home-Buying Guide: 5 Ways to Prep Your Finances Before Signing on the Dotted Line

Home-Buying Guide: 5 Ways to Prep Your Finances Before Signing on the Dotted Line

Take it from the girl in the ruby slippers: There’s no place like home.

But getting there isn’t always easy. Preparing to purchase a new house can be a process fraught with difficult questions: Is your paperwork in order? Is your credit score good enough to land you a decent mortgage? What will it feel like to make that mortgage payment? Are you even really ready to stop renting ... and buy?


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While there’s no magical yellow brick road to home ownership, once you’ve made the decision to buy a home, there are some financial steps to consider prior to handing over that down payment.

In this video, we discuss what you can do to help get your money in order before you start house-hunting—and some financial to-dos to consider when you're ready to buy. A home is one of the biggest and most important purchases you'll probably ever make, so let us help you make sure you're prepared to take the plunge.

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