GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - If buying a new home is on your list of New Year's resolutions, there are some things you can be doing now to help you make the big purchase in 2018.

Bob Strandell, a mortgage banker with Bell Bank, joins KARE 11 News at 4 with some tips.

  • Begin the pre-approval process with a reputable lender
  • Work to increase your credit score
  • Start to accumulate cash and save for a down payment
  • Figure out what kind of monthly payment you can afford

Strandell says a place like Bell Bank will walk buyers through the process, and they will sometimes advise customers to hold off on other big purchases while they're getting ready to buy a home.