Destination Summit: Owning Your First Home

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You’re ready to purchase a home (or are least thinking about it) — congratulations! Buying your first home is a huge milestone and is an exciting time in your life. It can also be confusing and overwhelming. Having people and resources you trust can make a big difference. That’s why The Summit’s team created “Destination Summit,” a new resource  designed to answer your home-buying questions and help you navigate the journey. 

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or just need a refresher, this is the place for you. We’ll give you the ins and outs of each step, provide helpful tips, and connect you with the information you need to make your home dreams come true. And when you’re ready to buy, The Summit’s experts will be there to guide you through the whole process, from choosing the best mortgage option all the way to closing.

First-Time Home Buyer Budget Worksheet

A budget is important when buying your first home. It helps to see expected expenses all in one place to plan for what you’ll need from start to finish. This sample Homebuyer Budget Worksheet is a useful tool to track expenses throughout the process; you can download an editable copy here to use for your […]


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Think You’re Too (Fill in the Blank) to Buy Your First Home? Think Again.

It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re ready to buy your first home. What happens, though, when you doubt your readiness because of some preconceived assumptions or factors outside of your control? Whether you’re feeling like you’re not old enough, haven’t settled down with a partner, or are not sure about your ability to become […]


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Ten House Hunting Tips to Look Out For

The house-hunting process looks different for each person and homebuying experience. Some people fall in love with a home within the first few viewings, and others take a bit longer to choose the one that is best for them. Whether you’re “one and done” in a hot market, or taking your time to find just […]


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Types of Mortgages & Terminology for First-Time Homebuyers

Several terms are used frequently when applying for a mortgage. Use this quick reference guide to understand the terms that you will see and hear during this process.    Types of Mortgage Loans Depending on your financial situation, you may have the option of choosing from different types of loans, including: Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval Mortgages Post-Offer […]


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7 Questions to Ask When Buying Your First Home

The more information you can get about your home and the homebuying process overall, the more prepared you will be to become a new homeowner. Your homebuying team—realtors, mortgage representatives, inspector, attorney and others—should be able to help track down answers to these important home buying questions. What to ask your realtor when buying a […]


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Get to Know Your Homebuying Team

Congratulations, you are ready to buy your first home! You have worked hard to get here, and you deserve the support of a dedicated team of people who are ready to help welcome you home. This can be one of the most rewarding, and most nerve-racking, experiences in your life. The best way to make […]


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