Home Buying Resources


Home Buying Basics | Financial Details | Finding Your Home & Making an Offer |
Closing & Home Ownership | Additional Resources

Whether you're getting your finances in order, house hunting, making an offer, negotiating your contract, or just starting to think about buying a home, we've got help for each step of the home buying process. Along with our library of articles, don't miss these helpful home buying videos, MilitaryByOwner's free downloadable home buying ebooks, and home buying blog posts.




Home Buying Basics 

Home_Buying_101VIDEO: HOME BUYING: PREPARING YOUR FINANCES  A solid credit score, qualified lender, and emergency reserves can help you buy the home of your dreams.

HOME BUYING 101  Considering a home purchase while serving in the military or as a veteran is likely one of your most daunting lifestyle decisions. Before you reach out to a real estate professional, take the time to find out precisely what it takes to buy a house.

SHOULD MILITARY MEMBERS BUY OR RENT A HOME?  Help for determining whether owning or renting a home is your best decision. 

DO I NEED A BUYER'S AGENT TO BUY A HOME? Do you need a buyer's agent when home buying? Find out the reasons why it may or may not be a good choice for your situation.

BUYING A HOME WITH RENTING IN MIND  Most military families buy a home to turn around and move in 3 years. If you are planning to buy a home now to rent later, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. 

A GUIDE FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS WORKING WITH MILITARY HOME BUYERS AND SELLERS There’s so much more to know about military homeowners than the ins and outs of the VA home loan process. A knowledgeable agent can make the difference for a military member or veteran buying or selling a home.

WHAT MILITARY HOMEBUYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A NEW HOME BUILD  Should military homebuyers consider a new construction home? While the thought of a brand new home with all the updates sounds amazing, there's still a lot to consider!


Financial Details


5 STEPS TO BALANCE YOUR HOME BUYING DREAM AGAINST YOUR BUDGET REALITY  Know and stick to your budget, then create wealth in your new home.  

WHAT IS A VA LOAN? Take a moment to see if you qualify for a VA loan and find out if it's your best option.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing): Understand how much effect BAH has on your home buying budget and priorities.



Finding Your Home and Making an Offer

Home_ownershipHOUSE HUNTING TIPS Buying a home is a major investment. A few key points to remember to make your house hunting trip successful. 

HOW TO MAKE A COMPETITIVE HOME OFFER Learning about how to make a competitive home offer is a good way to familiarize yourself with home buying procedures and also gives you a little more confidence going into the process.

WHY YOU NEED A HOME INSPECTION  The unknown is terrifying when buying a house. Make sure you know what you are buying with a home inspection. 

EBOOK: MAKING AN OFFER AND MOVING INTO YOUR NEW HOME  This ebook takes you through the steps of inspections and closing!



Closing and Home Ownership 


HOME BUYER WALK-THROUGH CHECKLIST Before you take possession of your home, you will have a walk through. Carefully inspect the condition of the home with this detailed checklist. 

CLOSING DAY AND MOVING INTO YOUR NEW HOME Expectations on closing day and how to make your new home your own. 

HOME OWNERSHIP AND MILITARY LIFE  Pros and cons of buying vs. renting a home and what to do with the property when you PCS in a few years. 

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE With the excitement of searching for and buying a new home, the costs of home insurance tend to get lost in the big picture. Learn how to protect your investment.


Additional Resources


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ARM? GPM? PITI? You’d have to be a genius to figure out some of the terms you will encounter during the home buying process. This glossary of home buying terms will help so you won’t get lost.

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But, before you reach out to a real estate professional, take the time to find out precisely what it takes to buy a house.