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

  • 11-Piece Serving Set

    Published 02/19/13 in People
    11-Piece Serving Set

    For the party host or the homeowner who loves to entertain, this dipping set will be a versatile addition to their current serveware. The 11-piece set comes with a mix of round, square and…   See the Image

  • These days, real estate consumers can get all sorts of information online about a particular property -- number of beds and baths, lot size, even standardized rankings of nearby schools. Multiple…   Read the Article

  • It's easy to be awe-struck by a razzle-dazzle listing. Everyone loves to look at marble countertops, hot tubs and master suites, but make sure a home meets your practical needs before you start…   Read the Article

  • Buying the first house you look at it is kind of like marrying the first person you go on a date with -- not necessarily a good idea. The average homebuyer looks at least 10 homes over an eight-week…   Read the Article

  • The Real Estate Bubble has Burst...Mortgage Meltdown...Home Sales Thud to Five-Year Low! These are the dramatic headlines that dominate the national conversations about the housing market, but what…   Read the Article

  • Personal Information Full name of all persons applying for the loan along with their social security cards (the original blue card - not a copy) Your home address, including zip code, for the…   Read the Article

  • The days of "zero down" are all but gone. A minimum of 10 percent down is getting to be the standard and some mortgage lenders are back to requiring 20 percent down, according to the Mortgage…   Read the Article

  • Buying a home is a life-changing event that involves 3 M’s: mortgage, money and moving, so it's natural to experience some stress. Factor in today's market -- with tighter credit restrictions and a…   Read the Article

  • Aaah, INSPECTIONS. One word that fills homebuyers with a strange mix of excitement (at the prospect of spending more time in the house and squeezing the inspectors for advice on their HGTV-inspired…   Read the Article

  • For Sellers:1. Give your house a makeover that adds value and keeps it up with the Joneses'. That doesn't mean you should run out and install Italian marble. But if hardwood floors are the norm in…   Read the Article

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