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Getting Started: Preparing to Buy Your Home

You're getting closer to purchasing a home. Maybe you need more time to save for that down payment, or perhaps you're trying to figure out if you can afford the home of your dreams. Use these resources to find out what you'll need to make that home purchase a reality.

Preparing for a home purchase

Start prepping for your home purchase now. That way you'll be familiar with how the process works once you're ready to apply for a mortgage and begin submitting offers.

How much home can you afford?

Find out how much you'll pay for a specific mortgage, and use our payment calculator to gauge the costs of your mortgage — both monthly and over the life of your loan.

Saving for a down payment

Saving up for a down payment is a major hurdle in the homebuying process. These guides offer advice on how to secure that elusive 20% down payment and avoid private mortgage insurance.