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Follow these 8 steps to purchase your first home

The Family Handyman Logo By The Family Handyman of The Family Handyman | Slide 1 of 8: <p>When looking for a Realtor, find one with whom you really have a connection. "It's important to click with your Realtor," says <a href="http://donnavanneste.com/">Donna Vanneste, Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker</a>. "Does the realtor feel honest and authentic? Can you tell they will be patient and educate you, so you can really learn and understand the market?" Other things to ask yourself are, do you feel confident they are working on your behalf and not just trying to slam dunk you into a home to get the sale? Is the Realtor knowledgeable of the specific neighborhoods and areas you are interested in living so they can negotiate a good price for you? It is always a good idea to talk to a few of the realtors' recent buyers to find out if they experienced good communication and follow up.<br></p><p>Photo: LDprod/Shutterstock</p>

Find a Realtor with whom you click

When looking for a Realtor, find one with whom you really have a connection. "It's important to click with your Realtor," says Donna Vanneste, Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker. "Does the realtor feel honest and authentic? Can you tell they will be patient and educate you, so you can really learn and understand the market?" Other things to ask yourself are, do you feel confident they are working on your behalf and not just trying to slam dunk you into a home to get the sale? Is the Realtor knowledgeable of the specific neighborhoods and areas you are interested in living so they can negotiate a good price for you? It is always a good idea to talk to a few of the realtors' recent buyers to find out if they experienced good communication and follow up.

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