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Once upon a time, buying a home meant a 30-year commitment to a place and took a decade of saving money for the minimum down payment. But, like so much in our rapid-fire, quick-change world, the home-buying process has gotten considerably simpler in the last decade. It’s also become a less decisive act. Mortgage rates are at historic lows, and down payments can go as low as nothing—though 3 to 5 percent down payments are more common. That means that it’s easier to get into the market—and also easier to get out. But, to the uninitiated, buying your first home looks much harder than it actually is. So come get the inside scoop at the How to Buy Your First Home seminar, featuring speakers from McEnearney Associates and Signature Mortgage at 7:30 p.m. at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, 8283

Greensboro Drive, McLean. $20. (703) 281-2657. (Garance Franke-Ruta)