Buyer Checklist:
The No-Stress Guide To Buying A Home

Buying a home is exciting, whether it's your first time or you are a veteran of many past buying experiences, but it can also be one of the most stressful times of your life, if you are not properly prepared.

Here is a quick and easy checklist to help you sail through the home buying process with ease this time.

The Who, What & Where Checklist For Home Shopping Success


This is actually more than one important who involved in your next real estate transaction. You will need to engage the services of a trusted, reliable real estate agent, mortgage provider, closing or title agent, insurance agent and home inspector.

These key people and the knowledge and experience they bring with them will be invaluable as you negotiate the dips and curves of the buying process.


What you contribute to the buying process is extremely important. These critical what's are:

  • A solid credit history that will enable you to qualify and obtain a pre-approval for a great mortgage.
  • Funds sufficient to cover your down payment, closing costs and any unforeseen expenses that can arise as you move toward closing.
  • A realistic view of the real estate market and what you are able to purchase for the amount of money you can spend.
  • The ability and time to fulfill your obligations as a buyer in an honest, timely and responsive manner.


Just as we need a roadmap, or GPS system, to make sure we find our destination easily when we travel, having a real estate road map can save time and energy when buying your next home.

Before you begin to actively look for a home, determine where you want to purchase. Drill this down by determining what school district, price range and neighborhood would best suit your needs.

Remember to figure in the distance that is convenient for you to drive to work or school.

Following this very basic guide will help you avoid frustrations, delays and problems as you work through the exciting process of home buying. Happy hunting!

About the Author

Brian Donegan is a Plainview based Realtor with nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. Get his free market report, it's packed with must-know market stats, detailed info on recently sold nearby homes, community & school reports, and much more. You can also contact Brian to determine the precise value of your home - his experience as a professional, certified real estate appraiser for over a decade makes him uniquely qualified to advise you in this regard.

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