The first step is to interview real estate agents, and find one that you are comfortable with. There is no cost to you to use a buyer's agent. A good agent can explain the process, review numbers, refer you to a great mortgage broker, find you a property, negotiate the deal for you, handle the closing process with your real estate attorney, and make the process fun and easy. Call or email us if you want to go over the process from start to finish - we love working first time homebuyers!
3. Purchasing and negotiating
4. Working out contingencies
5. Follw-up from contract to close
6. Closing coordination
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Best of luck!