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Buying a home for the first time has always been an intimidating task. Most of us don’t know what happens in the homebuying process until we go through it ourselves. There are many complications and little details to keep in mind. Add to that the increased competition for homes that exists in today’s market driven by big swathes of the millennial generation who are at last ready to jump into homeownership, and you might feel pretty overwhelmed.

You can feel more informed and in control by getting organized with a checklist of things to do and information you’ll need before you embark on your home search.

Read the full article in the Finances FYI section of The Seattle Times, sponsored by 1st Security Bank.