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Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Mortgage interest rates dropped recently and home prices have moderated in many areas, making it a good time to buy. If you've never bought a home before or if you currently own a home but have never bought and sold at the same time, the process can seem intimidating. You can ease your anxiety by formulating a game plan and by assembling the best team of professionals you can find, including a mortgage person; a real estate agent or two if you're buying and selling in different locations; inspectors; an insurance agent; a closing agent or escrow officer; and an attorney, depending on where you're buying. The two key players on your team are the mortgage person and the real estate agent. Once you have these selected, they can help you line up the additional help you need. The best recommendations for real estate professionals are from acquaintances who recently had a good experience buying in your area. Be sure to ask if they would use their agent or mortgage person again. The first ste...