Looking to buy? Make it easier by planning ahead.

    WITH HOME BUYING, PLANNING AHEAD WILL MAKE THE MULTIPLE-STEP PROCESS EASIER

    Brian Taylor illustration for The Washington Post – Planning ahead and getting your finances in order will make the home-buiying process less challenging.

    If you’re planning in the spring to buy your first house, you already may be feeling a bit overwhelmed about what can often be a complicated and convoluted process. ¶ The good news is that you have plenty of time to learn the myriad steps to buying a home and getting prepared for the endeavor. ¶ Many experts say that — even before finding a real estate agent — the first things you should do are to get your finances together and to find a lender who can get you prequalified and advise you on how much house you can buy.Scott Davis, a senior loan officer at McLean Mortgage in Fairfax, says buyers should never start searching for a home without speaking first with a lender. This will help you avoid falling in love with a home you can’t afford. Plus, a lender can advise you on how to prepare for a mortgage application.TO READ THIS FULL ARTICLE, GO TO: http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/with-home-buying-planning-ahead-will-make-the-multiple-step-process-easier/2014/01/16/482a8038-66a2-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html

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