How To

Welcome to the Homes How To hub where you can find all that you need to know about every phase in the home buying, selling, renting, and financing process.

We realize that there are an array of questions that you may have no matter which side of the transaction you’re on so we have outlined some answers as a guide to help you along the process. These guides break down important steps within each phase of the process while providing you with helpful easy-to-follow tips and advice.

How to Buy a Home

The homebuying journey is an exciting, yet stressful one to embark on. This section is filled with good-to-know information regarding the steps you should take when looking to buy a home. Although every experience is different, the Homes.com How to Buy a Home section guides you through the basics of preparing to buy a home and the things that should be considered in that stage, how to begin your online search and what features are available on Homes.com to simplify your quest, how to build your real estate team in addition to knowing the roles of important people like your agent and inspector, and other important steps like the advantages of getting mortgage pre-approval and closing on your home plus things that need to be done in the final stretch of the purchase like a final walk-through.

How to Sell Your Home

Selling your home can be a daunting process if you aren’t fully prepared for the journey. There’s still a lot to do after putting up the for sale sign. There will be a trail of paperwork that you’ll have to tackle, many people you’ll have to encounter, and a lot of additional steps have to be taken in order to make your home stand out amongst your competition. Don’t worry though, we have you covered! This section will cover all you need to know and outline all the steps you need to take in order to have a successful sale at the pricepoint you desire. We have prepared insights on what to expect, from preparing your home all the way to the offer and closing on your home. In addition, you will find useful tools and strategies that will assist you in making the process comfortable and easier to understand. We even have a few final checklists for you to reference in order to make sure you’ve checked all the boxes in this phase.

How to Rent a Home

Buying a home isn’t in the cards for everyone looking for a new place to live, we understand that here at Homes.com, and that’s why we’ve compiled everything you need to know about how to rent a home. Although renting isn’t as labor-intensive as buying or selling a home, there are still important steps to finding the rental of your dreams. This section leads you through certain aspects of your rental journey including the things to consider when renting a home like choosing which amenities are important, what’s your rental budget and how to calculate the costs of homeownership, understanding your rental agreement, and how to do a rental property walk-through.

How to Finance Your Home

We are dedicated to helping make your home buying, selling, and renting journey one that you can afford. With our finance section, we’ve created some money-saving tips and advice to make the process a little easier while helping new homeowners and those looking to refinance get familiar with their financial capabilities. The loan process, itself, can get very personal requiring a lot of research and papertrail proof of personal finance and income history, so we’ve outlined some of the forms you will need to have on standby. You’ll also find useful information regarding how to understand your credit and what type of credit score you need to buy a home in addition to how to fix it, the components of a mortgage including the types of rates plus how to understand mortgage down payments, the steps to getting pre-approved by a lender, and the finances of the home close.

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