Buying a home is exciting, but it's also a huge commitment. Too many people don't realize this until it's too late. And too many more don't do enough research, causing them to get saddled with a home that they can't get out from under. If you're looking to purchase a home, you have to make sure you're ready. If you're not, it's perfectly acceptable to put off buying until you are ready. You will be thankful that you took the time to make a smart purchase. But what if you are ready? Do you know what ready looks like? Following are three signs that you're ready to buy a home. 

You're Settled in Life

Buying a home is a long-term commitment, one that should be reserved for a time when you're settled in life. If you have a stable job that you plan on staying at for years to come, you're likely ready. If you want to take a position in another state within the next few years or so, you're probably not ready. Always strive to purchase a home when you know you're ready to stay put and let your roots grow. 

You've Done the Research

You should have a lot of research under your belt right not. Sure, you've probably researched neighborhoods and where you want to live, but have you looked into the more difficult stuff? Have you researched mortgage options? Do you know how much interest you will pay over the course of your mortgage? Do you know how much money it takes to maintain a home? Do you understand the benefits and drawbacks of owning vs. renting? If you know the answer to all of these questions, you're ready. If not, you need to do a bit more research first. 

You're Finances Are Right

You probably already know that you need a great credit score in order to qualify for a home. If you have one, you may be ready. However, there are other financial criteria you must meet as well. For example, most mortgage options require you to put money down and/or pay closing costs. You should have enough money to cover it. You should also have substantial savings that will help you make mortgage payments if something were to happen. If you can't seem to save money, you're not ready to buy a home. If you have a nice nest egg, however, you likely are. 

You really need to have your ducks in a row before you try to purchase a home. If you've worked hard, and you're already there, congratulations! If your situation needs a bit more work, don't despair. Start taking steps today to get ready to purchase a home and you will be ready before you know it. Contact a real estate professional for more advice.