Make the Deal

Einstein was right.

There comes a time in the process of buying a house when time speeds up. Your brother, on the other side of the country, sees no change in his life; you, however, suddenly age faster, and events seem to swirl around you at the speed of light. Your emotions ramp up to a new level, the ring of the telephone jars the very fiber of your being, you live in a place called High Anxiety, and your brother notices that when he speaks to you on the phone, your voice is a half-octave higher.

Fear not. This is normal. It's the time that begins when you've taken the plunge and put an offer in on a house. It continues with the serve-and-volley that may ensue after your offer has been received. Then, if your offer is accepted, it continues through the logistics of the loan, the discoveries at the home inspection, and the actual closing. It's a real roller coaster ride, with all the attendant thrills and acceleration.

This section is about that time and that ride. We lay out some strategies for negotiation when you buy your home, and then some idea of what to expect as you make it to and through closing (with due attention paid to potential snags along the way).

Once you get through this section in real life, you'll be ready to take the keys (hey, how exactly does even that happen?) and cross the threshold into your new life.

No pressure. Really.

For more details, visit the VA Loan Center for guides and tips.

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