Hindsight is clearly 20/20 so when it comes to buying your first home, take advantage of others’ experiences and advise.  HouseLogic.com  shares some important advice 12, 9, 6, and 3 months before buying a home like checking your credit score 12 months out and 6 Months Out start Collecting your loan paperwork. 

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“This is why we created our First-Time Homebuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much interest or getting stuck with the wrong house. (Yep, it happens!)…”   http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-loans-mortgages/first-time-home-buyer-guide/