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Buying a home is a huge investment. Before you jump into the wonderful world of home ownership, make sure you are prepared with these six steps. Learn about credit score requirements, mortgage options and other must-do’s.

6 simple steps to buying a house

  1. Strengthen your credit score.
  2. Figure out what you can afford.
  3. Save for down payment, closing costs.
  4. Build a healthy savings account.
  5. Get pre-approved for a mortgage.
  6. Buy a house you like.

Sound easy? We have developed relationships with Lenders that make this part of your home ownership journey simple. Whether you are a first time home buyer, investor, seasoned professional or moving for employment, our partners in the Mortgage Loan industry have the answers to help you navigate through the many programs available to you and can assist in identifying your path forward to home ownership.


We recommend:


Rick Holmes – SWBC Mortgage. (link to: Phone:904.545.2193

Senior Loan Officer

A 20 year veteran of the mortgage industry, Rick will evaluate your overall financial plan and use mortgage financing as a tool to assist you in reaching your long-term goals. Working with a professional who is knowledgeable allows you to structure your financing in ways that may secure tax benefits, create better cash flow, and increase net worth.


Paul Jewell – Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. (link to: Tel:904.424.7283

Loan Officer
Paul Jewell from Fairway Independent Mortgage in Jacksonville, FL, is committed to providing the best home loan solutions for his customers. Backed by excellent operations and a company that truly cares about people, Paul’s goal is to help everyone achieve their dream of owning a home.



Most local counties offer Down Payment Assistance Programs for first time home buyers with approved participating lenders, talk to your lender about eligibility criteria to see if you qualify.