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 process of buying a home can be stressful, both emotionally and financially. Making major updates to a home can be just as stressful, if not more. With wiring exposed, cabinets torn out from the…   Read the Article

  • A professional home inspector is allowed access to all areas of the house -- basement, attic, crawl spaces, practically everything. Why not you? Serious sellers don't have anything to hide…   Read the Article

  • After shelling out thousands of dollars for a down payment, mortgage fees and other closing costs, some first-time homeowners are shocked to see that the cost of homeownership doesn't stop…   Read the Article

  • Q: How do I come up with a post-homeownership financial strategy? A: Create a list of your monthly bills and due dates, and pay them on time each month. Budget the money you have leftover for…   Read the Article

  • Congratulations -- you're a homeowner! Now that you've moved into your new digs, you'll need to: Decide what color to paint the living room Sort through those last few boxes (eventually) Learn…   Read the Article

  • Which season is the best time to be a homeowner? Tax season! Along with the freedom to paint and remodel, tax breaks are one of the many perks of homeownership. The bad news? Unless you choose…   Read the Article

  • Maximize Your Home's Curb Appeal: Clean Up the Exterior

    Sellers don't always disclose the whole truth to potential homebuyers, especially if they're eager to sell (or "motivated" in real estate lingo). But you can't afford to get a professional inspection…   Read the Article

  • If houses are like spouses, a neighborhood is like the extended family. But while you can have a good marriage and still dread holidays with the in-laws, you'll never love a house if you don't like…   Read the Article

  • Maintaining a home is one of the hardest jobs of being a homeowner. Mowing the lawn, picking up leaves, clearing out the gutters and cleaning the siding are not exactly easy chores. And some people…   Read the Article

  • Running around from lender to lender in search of the best terms for your mortgage loan can be confusing and time-consuming. Plus, there are deals out there that you, a finance-industry outsider,…   Read the Article

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