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

  • 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

  • One of the biggest mistakes new homebuyers make is assuming that everything in their house will work perfectly because it’s brand new. No matter how precise and careful builders are, there is no…   Read the Article

  • So you didn't buy a rental home as part of your child's college savings plan? No problem. Buy a property for your teenager to live in now while they're attending college. It can be a worthwhile…   Read the Article

  • 1. Figure out how much house you can afford. Calculate your monthly income and debt. Check your credit report and FICO score. Use FrontDoor's mortgage calculator. Figure out your down…   Read the Article

  • Buying "new construction" is a bit different from buying a previously-owned home. For one, because there is no previous homeowner, you don't have to deal with a seller's emotional tie to the…   Read the Article

  • Can't afford your dream home or your dream neighborhood? Not afraid of getting your hands dirty? Looking for a bargain? Consider buying a fixer-upper. Fixer-uppers, also referred to as "handyman…   Read the Article

  • You worked for years to improve your credit score. You saved every penny you made and then moved in with your parents to save a few more. You surfed real estate listing sites until your Chihuahua…   Read the Article

  • The headlines all scream, “No one’s buying,” “Homes are sitting on the market,” “Great buyer’s market.” So you take a deep breath, embrace your inner contrarian and decide to buy when everyone else…   Read the Article

  • Realtors have been fleeing the profession like Atkins devotees from a cupcake boutique. And it’s no wonder -- the combo meal of plummeting home prices, the slowdown in sales and their own adjusting…   Read the Article

  • If you’re a homebuyer trying to take advantage of the down market’s opportunities, you might have scraped your pennies together to come up with the cash to close the deal like you haven’t dug for…   Read the Article

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