Deciding What Kind of House You Want
You can shop for a home on your own or with the help of a real estate professional. The assistance of a real estate professional can be invaluable in finding the right home in the right location, navigating through offers, counteroffers, and closings.
If you want extra bargaining power while shopping for a home, check out our Pre-Approval Program (not available in New Jersey pursuant to Admin. Code 3:1-16.1). We'll provide you with a written 120-day commitment, so you know exactly how much home you can afford. Your pre-approval also includes all the necessary credit checks, so it's a real credit approval.
It is very likely that you'll look at many homes before finding the one that's right for you.
To make your decision easier, we've developed a handy Home Comparison Checklist*. Print out this guide and use it to help you make informed decisions by keeping track of price, qualities, and special features of each house. Use it as a reminder to ask about important items you might otherwise forget.
* Viewing PDF files require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it online. After downloading the software, follow the instructions for installing the program. If you prefer, you can always download the files now and open them offline later.