Are You Ready for Homeownership?

Your reasons for buying a home determine the steps and strategies you should follow.

It's no wonder that psychologists rank buying a home high on the list of stress-producing events. Not only is it the biggest purchase most people make in a lifetime, but also it forces a wholesale examination of goals, commitments and lifestyle. Market conditions -- including too many or too few homes to look at, rising or falling prices and competitive bidding for the nicest homes -- can make you wonder if you'll ever find the right house at the right price.

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