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The 12 Steps to Buying a Home

By Kelsey Burkett, December 8, 2023

Buying a home is an exciting milestone that can represent a step towards stability, investment, and creating a space that truly feels like your own. However, navigating the intricate process of home buying can often feel like a daunting task, filled with complex procedures, paperwork, and unfamiliar terms. Knowing where to begin, and how the process is going to unfold, can feel overwhelming.

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, looking to upgrade or downsize your current home, or you’re ready to invest – refreshing your understanding of the steps involved can make all the difference. The same is true in working with someone you trust to guide you through the process. A Realtor’s job is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions throughout each stage of the journey, and most importantly, to negotiate on your behalf to ensure you reach your goals and vision.

Below is a simplified view of the home buying process. It details what you can expect along the way to a smooth and enjoyable experience.

12 steps to buying a home


Ready to explore buying or selling a home? I’d love to hear more. You can reach me at, @kcb_portland or 971.371.0203.



Kelsey Burkett

Broker | OR


I bring a unique blend of skills and experience to real estate, with nearly fifteen years spent in the creative services and marketing industry. My career is marked by a passion for storytelling, leading teams and fostering meaningful connections within my community. I've spent much of my career helping brands find and tell their best stories. I've led both sales and multi-disciplinary teams to execute complex marketing strategies and campaigns; I've recruited, hired, trained, and mentored a seasoned salesforce dedicated to client service and results.  What sets me apart in real estate is my relentless attention to detail, reliability, dedication to service and ability to be quick to action. I will help you see the bigger picture while expertly navigating the intricacies of real estate transactions. I pride myself on delivering exceptional customer experience, backed by knowledge and a genuine connection with my clients.  I enjoy working with clients with a wide variety of goals. I have a particular affinity for first-time homebuyers, as well as those who deviate from conventional paths. I believe that creating a home environment that reflects one's identity and values is a powerful form of self-expression.  I've channeled my energy into building community and helping others find theirs. I'd love to help you find and tell your (real estate) story by guiding you through the buying/selling process and towards achieving your home ownership goals.  When I'm not focusing on real estate, I enjoy taking care of plants and animals, hot yoga, cooking and drinking wine.   Tracey Henkels | Principal Broker Licensed in OR |
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