Category Page Intro: Buying


Home Buying: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you're buying your first home or you're an experienced buyer looking to re-enter the market after a few years, home buying can be a tricky business. From making the decision to buy to figuring out what you can afford, the journey to finding and buying a new home -- including all the steps to finance and close your purchase -- is a complicated, expensive, multi-step process requiring smart, laser-focused information every step of the way.

Now AOL Real Estate has brought together comprehensive, up-to-the-minute advice from America's top real estate journalists and experts to help you through the journey. We'll tell you how to make the decision to buy; how to find the right home in the right neighborhood; how to find the right agent and make sure you're not overpaying; how to get a mortgage, and find the best mortgage without stress; even how to negotiate and close on your new home.

Home Buying: Where to Start

House-hunting can be the most fun part of finding a home. It's tempting to jump in with both feet. But before you do, consider how long you'll stay in your new home; what you can afford; and how current market conditions come into play when choosing a property to invest in.

How to Shop for Your First Home

Financing a Home Purchase

Interested in buying a home but not sure what you can afford? We'll tell you how to figure out how much debt you can comfortably handle and how to figure your stretch goals. taking you through the home buying process step-by-step from pre-approval to locking your loan.

How Much Home Can I Afford?

Credit and Home Buying

Want to know how that all-important credit score could help or hurt your chances of getting a great mortgage rate? We'll tell you what you can do to fix your credit score even if it's less than ideal. Here's a step-by-step guide to the home buying process so you're aware of every financial requirement along the way.

First-Time Homebuyer's Guide

The Home Buying Process

Daunted by all the paperwork and hassle involved with home buying? Don't worry, we'll walk you through the process, step by step. Here's the first order of business: Making an offer. We'll tell you what goes into an offer, and how to negotiate with sellers' agents, and how to come up with a winning (and affordable) offer.

Making an Offer