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4 steps to buying a house in 2012

REThink Real Estate
Published on Feb 2, 2012

Q: I am on a mission to buy a home. I've wanted to own a home my entire life, and thought I would miss the opportunity to buy while the market was down, because I had no real savings when the market crashed. I think I'm ready, though, and prices still seem low. What should I be doing now to make this happen in 2012? A: Let me count the ways -- I mean, the things -- you can and should be doing now if you want to buy this year. The recession has done lots of favors for buyers-to-be, including dropping prices and interest rates to bargain levels. But it has also created a lending and housing market climate in which loans are tough to get, tensions about buying into a down market run high, and transactions are harder and longer to close than they have ever been. If I were talking to a friend who wanted to throw a New Year's 2013 party in her new home, here are the things I'd tell her to do, stat: 1. Fix credit problems. More deals than ever are dying on the vine, and credit pr...

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