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

  • The property inspection is a critically important part of the homebuying process. Most buyers like to know that the home they will be purchasing is structurally sound and that the systems are safe.…   Read the Article

  • “Is this a good neighborhood?” is a question we consistently get from our buyer clients. Alas, it is not a question I or any agent can be expected to answer. Legally, it is not a question we should…   Read the Article

  • As I was out showing a property this past weekend to a young couple wanting to purchase their first home, I was again reminded that there is no perfect home. I was also reminded that, like this…   Read the Article

  • Life is full of exciting firsts. Your first steps. Your first day of school. Your first love. Your first job. Your first place. Whether you want to move out of your parents’ home for the first…   Read the Article

  • Lesson #1: Decide location versus space before searching for a home When first-time homebuyer Jarrod was shopping for his first place in Chicago, he faced a tough decision: Should he buy a small…   Read the Article

  • HOUSE HUNTING Before you begin to house shop, you need to have an idea of what kind of neighborhood you want to live in and the style of house you want. Real estate never sleeps. If you're…   Read the Article

  • Shortly after buying a new home, you may feel too overwhelmed with moving boxes and bubble wrap to focus on anything other than getting your stuff from point A to point B. Besides ensuring a smooth…   Read the Article

  • It happens to many homeowners: You sign your closing papers, and you’re elated -- you’re finally a homeowner! But later that day, some troubling questions creep into your mind: Did I make the right…   Read the Article

  • As long as you own the property, keep a copy of everything you sign. This includes the:  HUD-1 Settlement Statement - An itemized list of all the costs associated with closing. Truth in…   Read the Article

  • After you’ve shelled out the cash for closing costs and a down payment, there are still a few more expenses to expect in addition to your monthly mortgage payment:  Homeowner’s insurance.…   Read the Article

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