Dig into articles, tools and resources designed for each step of your home-buying journey.

Preparing to buy

The mortgage process

Closing on your house

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Preparing to buy

How much house can I afford?

A standard rule for lenders is that your monthly housing payment should not take up more than 28 percent of your income. However, home affordability is about more than just how much you can borrow.

The mortgage process

Mortgage pre-approval vs. prequalification – what’s the difference?

Prequalification and pre-approval can boost your confidence and could make house hunting easier – but it’s important to understand the difference between prequalification and pre-approval, and when to do which.

Closing on your house

How much are closing costs?

Closing is the last step in the home-buying process. Closing happens in a meeting between a combination of the buyer, the buyer’s agent, the seller, the seller’s agent and a closing agent.

View videos designed to give you insight into the first-time home buyer experience.

First-time home-buying process: A U.S. Bank mortgage experience

Three key steps in the home-buying process

Prequalification helps you see how much you might be able to borrow.


Common FAQs for first-time home buyers