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

  • Even if you've hired movers who are courteous, efficient, and ethical, they still have one potential pitfall: They're human. And that means you may wind up with a lost or damaged item. So what should…   Read the Article

  • Ready to start packing? Here's what you'll need to keep your possessions protected.15-20 small cardboard boxes 10-15 medium cardboard boxes 10-15 large cardboard boxes Cardboard separators (for…   Read the Article

  • Now that you've settled into your new home, emerge from your moving cocoon and share the good news with friends and family. If you have the energy, celebrate with a housewarming party! Find…   Read the Article

  • Here's how to meet a few good candidates for your social circle.If you belong to a church, club, or professional organization, find a local chapter. You'll stay in your comfort zone and meet people…   Read the Article

  • Have you heaved a huge sigh of relief yet? If not, go ahead -- you've earned it. Now that you've successfully cruised through moving day, you can start turning your new digs into a home sweet home.…   Read the Article

  • Make sure you pay special attention to these items. The Bill of Lading. Moving companies are required to show you this contract before they start loading your stuff on the truck. Even though you're…   Read the Article

  • Once your stuff is on its way to your new home, you'll want to make one last pass through your old haunt to make sure everything's shipshape. Don't forget to:Check the house for anything you may have…   Read the Article

  • Keep this box off the moving truck and close at hand -- the stuff inside will probably come in handy at some point during the day.ID Your wallet, checkbook, and/or ATM card Bottled…   Read the Article

  • Congratulations -- you've made it to the final stretch! By now, your prized possessions are shrouded in bubble wrap and cardboard, and you've enlisted a team of professionals (or a strapping group of…   Read the Article

  • 1. It's irreplaceable. Moving mix-ups do happen, so make sure valuable goodies and family heirlooms stay with you.2. It's flammable. This includes the "duh" suspects like gasoline, lighter fluid, and…   Read the Article

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