Your how-to-purchase-your-new-home source

Buying a home for the first time is a daunting task. Where do you start? What is the process? How do you find the perfect home?

NSAR’s homebuyer resources support first-time homebuyers. We’ll supply the information you need to confidently find and purchase your home.

NSAR has partnered with Harborlight Community Partners and their experienced homebuyer counselors to offer a course designed specifically to inform and help homebuyers like you. With help of industry experts including REALTORS®, mortgage lenders, home inspectors, insurance agents, lawyers, credit counselors, and representatives from state agencies, this course gets you ready to move.

Course topics include:

  • How to know when you’re ready to buy
  • Understanding your credit
  • Choosing the right home and negotiating the contract
  • Why home inspections are important
  • Navigating the mortgage application and approval process
  • Long-term success as a homeowner
  • And more!

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Why you can rely on NSAR and Harborlight Community Partners

  • NSAR is the leading real estate resource for the North Shore. Founded in 1923, NSAR champions the real estate community by providing support for REALTORS® and information for the public.
  • For over 50 years, Harborlight Community Partners (HCP) has remained missionally committed to the preservation and creation of affordable housing; as part of this mission, HCP is working to create pathways to housing by assisting first time homebuyers enter into the real estate market and achieve home ownership.
  • Our organizations are experienced.
  • We’ve been around for a long time – and we’ve kept evolving, growing, and learning along the way. Today we continue to strive to make our REALTOR® members and the surrounding community better informed by providing a forum for discussion and dissemination of information.
  • Our members are experts.
  • From real estate attorneys and mortgage companies to home inspectors and insurance agents, our membership covers all aspects of real estate. And our members are skilled in their professions.
  • We provide you with the tools you need to make informed real estate decisions.
  • Our community-driven culture is guided by personalized service, timely educational offerings, and exceptional dedication to serving our membership and our region.

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Buying a home is a big deal. You need to make sure that you are relying on an informed and reputable source for your information.

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