Veterans Guide to Homeownership

Steve Freeman
Published on May 17, 2016

Veterans Guide to Homeownership

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Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. So be smart about it. We’re here to help you through every step of the process. Let’s get started!

Chapter 1

Be on the Money—Get Your Finances in Order

Check (and Repair) Your Credit

Military buyers can face some unique credit challenges. Here’s how to whip your credit into shipshape before embarking on the home-buying process.

Prepare Your Finances

Get your fiscal house in order! Stability is key when it comes to showing a lender you’re a good candidate for financing. So here’s what you need to know to ensure you’re on the right track.

Loan Pre-Approval Is Key

Many real estate agents won’t even show homes to buyers who haven’t been vetted by a lender. Here’s why you should get pre-approved—today.

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Chapter 2

Find the Right Home Loan for You

Understand Your Loan Options

VA loans are a huge benefit, but they’re not always the right fit for military buyers. Learning about all your loan options is key to getting the best deal possible.

Home-Buying Benefits for Veterans & Military Buyers

When it comes to buying a house, being a military service member offers some distinct advantages.

Are You Eligible?

Check out our handy tool to see if you may be eligible for a $0 down VA home loan.

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Chapter 3

Search for (and Find!) Your Dream Home

When’s the Best Time of Year to Buy?

Military buyers don’t always get to choose their home-buying timeline. Here’s what you need to know about the four seasons of real estate.

Why Veterans Need Military-Friendly Real Estate Agents

Having a knowledgeable real estate agent walk you through the process is imperative for a smooth transaction. And this is especially true if you’re purchasing with a VA home loan.

Housing Grants Help Disabled Veterans Live Independently

Don’t miss out on thousands of dollars that can go toward making your new home accessible.

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Chapter 4

Get Under Contract & Close the Deal

Make the Perfect Offer

Finding your dream home is the fun part. The challenge is crafting a purchase offer that entices sellers, protects your interests, and maximizes your budget.

Negotiate Your Closing Costs

There’s no getting around closing costs. But you can take a few different approaches to tackling these costs and fees when you wrap up your home purchase.

Essential Last Steps to Take

You’re in the homestretch! You’ve found the right home, and you’re under contract. OK, what comes next?

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