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Guide to Buying a Home

Tell us where you are in the home buying process so we can provide you with the most relevant information to assist in your decision-making.

First time home buyers can start here to get the right tools, tips and preparation before shopping for or buying a home. Learn about current mortgage rates and home loan options, and find out how Discover can help.

With mortgage calculators, a home search tool, and a blog filled with first time home buyer content, our Home Buyers Guide covers all the basics of home buying. Getting a home loan is the biggest financial decision that most people will make in their lifetimes, so make sure you are prepared. We'll help remove any fear or confusion that first time home buyers may have about the home buying process.

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See how much you can afford to spend on a new home purchase.

Determining how much home you can afford involves more than getting approved for a loan amount. You must weigh what you can spend on a home against what you're spending in other areas of your life, and make a thoughtful decision about what is right for you.

Use the helpful resources in this section to get an idea of overall home affordability as well as what your monthly payment amount may be. Or use our Mortgage Finder tool to see real-time rates and payment options for various loan types that may be available to you. You can even use our home search tool to see listings in your area without leaving our site.

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Learn about the benefits of pre-approval and pre-qualification when you're ready to make an offer on a home.

Having a Discover Advantage Pre-approval in hand before you shop may make the home buying process smoother. This section will help you understand the benefits of pre-approval, the steps to getting pre-approved, and what information you need to provide.

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Know what to expect at every step of the home financing process, including what things need to happen when.

Discover Home Loans is with you every step of the way as you finance your new home. This section will help you understand what happens at each stage of the mortgage transaction with helpful tips and informative articles about the process itself.

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You already know the basics of purchasing a home. So here are some helpful tips when you're ready to buy a second or vacation home.

You've already bought a home once. Whether that experience was good or not-so-good, let Discover Home Loans make it fantastic this time around! If you are ready to buy a second or vacation home, this section contains information geared specially for you.

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Learn about some important things you'll need to consider when looking for a home in a new area.

Whether your move is motivated by career or some other area of your life, look here for helpful information about home relocation.

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