The recent national home price index showed signs of a turnaround in the turbulent real estate market, with average home prices rebounding to higher levels in the past months. This, paired with current mortgage rates remaining at historic lows, has many considering homeownership. But deciding to buy a home is just the beginning of a process which can be daunting. To highlight best practices in home buying and home financing, TD Bank created the TD Bank Mortgage Service Index. This national survey of more than 1,500 recent home buyers examined the factors that can contribute to a positive, low-stress home-buying experience. In short, communication is key. Happy homebuyers credit lenders and realtors who are available to explain options in a simple and consistent way throughout the home-buying process.