A Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

Why You Should Use an Agent

There's no need to go it alone! A real estate agent can help guide you through the home-buying process.

After: A Little Love and Landscaping

4 Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

Rule number one? Don't get more than you can afford. Instead, keep your payments manageable.

Advice for First-Time Homebuyers

  • Region: Find Your Home Style

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  • Bread Maker

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  • Planning is Key

    First-time homebuyers face multiple challenges even before they get the house keys. These tips will help you plan for a successful real estate purchase.   See the Gallery

  • Know What You Can Afford

    Many decide to buy when they feel ready for a mortgage. But just because they can afford mortgage payments doesn't mean they can afford a home, says New York attorney Rafael Castellanos, a…   See the Image

  • Forgotten Costs

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Forgotten Costs

    Property insurance, taxes, homeowners association dues, maintenance, and higher electric and water bills are some of the costs first-time homebuyers tend to overlook."Keep in mind property …   See the Image

  • Find the Right Agent

    Published 03/15/13 in Real Estate
    Find the Right Agent

    If you're new to the home-buying game, you'll need a reputable real estate agent, a good loan officer or broker and perhaps a lawyer.First-time buyers generally should not try to deal directly with…   See the Image

  • Modular Drawer Organizer

    Published 02/19/13 in People
    Modular Drawer Organizer

    What new homeowner couldn't use some help getting organized? Handcrafted from sustainably harvested Honduran mahogany, these modular drawer organizers fit together in various configurations for…   See the Image

  • Olive Oil

    Published 02/19/13 in People
    Olive Oil

    As a housewarming gift, olive oil is said to bless new homeowners with health and well-being. Made from 100 percent California-grown late-harvest arbequina olives, Williams-Sonoma's smooth and…   See the Image

  • Blown-Glass Table Lamp

    Published 02/19/13 in People
    Blown-Glass Table Lamp

    A fashionable table lamp can turn up the style in any new home. For such a petite silhouette, this midcentury-inspired blown-glass lamp really lights up a room. Get it in clear or mercury if your…   See the Image

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