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

  • Wall-Mount Organizer

    Published 02/19/13 in People
    Wall-Mount Organizer

    Buying a gift for a busy family who's always on the go? When they're running out the door, they'll find everything they need in this entryway organizer by Umbra. Two flip-down hooks are perfect…   See the Image

  • 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

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