Buying a home is a big decision; that’s why it’s a smart move to have as much information with you as possible when you go to the bank and apply for a mortgage. Having your entire financial life flashed right before your eyes can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you’re not prepared for it. Buying a home is a big financial commitment, so before you sign on the dotted line use these tips to make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Make sure to get a pre-approval from your bank. Before you start looking for a new home, it’s a good idea to go to your bank and get a mortgage pre-approval. This will give you an idea of the price range you can afford to buy in, which in turn gives you a starting point to start shopping for your dream home.

Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. When you start shopping for a home, try not to let your emotions be a factor in your financial decision. The best advice for home buyers is to shop around and think about your purchase. This will help you avoid overpaying for a home that you may not be happy with after you move in – and may not be able to afford.

Don’t overspend because you probably can’t afford it. The bigger the mortgage, the bigger the monthly payment. If you fall in love with a home and it’s out of your price range you have two options: you can move on and look for a smaller home or you can negotiate the purchase price. Whatever you do, don’t break your budget when buying a home. If you don’t even think of it as an option, it’ll be easier to stick to your plan.

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