How long does it take to buy a home?

A look at the key steps

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Buying a home is a learning experience. It's exciting, time consuming, at times frustrating, but ultimately fulfilling -- that is, if you end up with the right house in the right neighborhood for the right price. Home buying is best approached with a game plan in mind, and with the understanding that home buying is a process that takes time. It's hard to predict how much time it will take to buy a home because there are many variables that are beyond your control. For example, in a low-inventory area, you may have to wait for the right house. When you do find the right house, you may be ready to move quickly. But, the sellers could have another agenda. However, there are elements of the process that you can control. The most important is to assemble your home-buying team. At a minimum, you need a mortgage broker or loan agent and the best real estate agent you can find. Working with good, reliable and conscientious people will improve the quality of your home-buying experience. HO...