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Deciding on a home to buy

Decide on a home

Finding the right home—in the right neighborhood—takes a lot of time. You have many things to consider. Do you want a home with a big yard or a condo in a high-rise? Do you want to live in a great school district or be close to nightlife or other attractions? This page will help you explore some options.

Brand new or pre-existing?

Get advice from real home owners and industry insiders as you weigh this decision.

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Should you buy or build?

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Do you remodel or start fresh?

Choose the type of home that's right for you

There are many types of homes to choose from. Each one has its pros and cons.
Before deciding, be sure to think about your lifestyle, both now and in the future. Here's a few possibilities to consider:

Neighborhood checklist

You’ve found the perfect home! But is it the right neighborhood for you?
Here are a few things to think about.

Schools
  • School district
  • Proximity for school-aged children
  • Access to programs and extracurricular activities
Safety
  • Talk to neighbors
  • Research crime rates
  • Explore the surrounding area
Access
  • Commuting time
  • Parking availability
  • Nearby facilities and recreation
  • Neighborhood walkability

Move on to making an offer

Take the first step and get prequalified.

Ready to apply?