Are you a first time home buyer eager to get into the market? Here are five steps to take to be prepared and well informed.

With easy access to the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway, the Jersey Shore is a great value for a second home or to make your primary residence.

(1) Check the selling prices of comparable homes in your area.

(2) Find out what your total monthly housing cost would be, including taxes and homeowners insurance.

(3) Find out how much you'll likely pay in closing costs.

(4) Look at your budget and determine how a house fits into it.

(5) Talk to me about the real estate climate.

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