First Time Home Buyer’s Guide

Everything you need to know about the first time you buy a house, or a refresher for your second home and beyond! Check out the interactive version here.

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April 10, 2019

Find the Low Down Payment That’s Best for You

Many years ago, the primary sources of a home down payment lower than 20% were government programs like FHA and VA. Today, there are more than 1700 low down payment options available to help expedite the time it takes to put down a payment on your home.

Saving for a down payment is the greatest barrier first-time homebuyers face. More than half—56%—of a recent survey of millennial-age renters, say they’ve been unable to buy a home because they haven’t saved enough.

Down Payment Myths

One reason for the confusion is the surprising number of renters who believe that they will need at least 20% of a home’s purchase for a down payment. A recent [...]

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September 3, 2018

How Much Home Can I Afford? Breaking Down the Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

What you pay for your home isn't the only factor in how much home you can actually afford. Find out the hidden costs of home ownership to really know how much home you can afford.
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August 15, 2018

The Best Schools and School Districts in the Nation

It's back-to-school time! If you're planning on moving, here are the best schools and school districts in the nation - we're sure you'll want to stay next to one.
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October 16, 2017

Is Your Real Estate Agent Really on Your Side?

Where was your real estate agent last summer? Hopefully looking at listings for you! Find out if your real estate agent is on your side.
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October 12, 2017

Starting Out: How to Learn More About Home Loan Options for First-Time Buyers

For first-time home buyers, the loan process can be one of the most frustrating parts of the process. Learn more about your loan options.
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March 1, 2017

Should I Rent or Buy

Factors to Consider

Making the decision to buy your first home often starts rather casually. It often begins at the dinner table or out for a walk in the most innocuous way possible. From that initial discussion to completing the home purchase process can take 3 months, or 3 years. It all depends on where you stand - financially and with credit - along with the standing position of the housing market as a whole. Potential homebuyer(s) need to weigh all the options, access all the factors and do what they can to make a wise decision... [read more]
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January 23, 2017

First Time Buyers: What You Need Know to Navigate the 2017 Market

Are you planning on being a first-time home buyer in 2017? Find out what you need to know to navigate the market so you can get the home you want.
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July 13, 2015

Why Selective Compromise Is Key

When to Compromise & When to Stand Firm

Before we start it is important to understand there are a few parts and pieces of the home purchase process that you should never compromise. Comprise here - like choosing a mortgage lender based solely on interest rate or a real estate agent based on how much commission they will rebate at closing - will yield the same results as the craps table would. Sometimes you win, but most of the time you lose... [read more]
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July 13, 2015

Home Budgeting & Planning

Taking Action - Home Budgeting & Planning

One of the biggest traps new home-buyers fall into is using the maximum amount a mortgage professional qualifies them for instead of making sure they buy within their actual comfort zone. In other words, buying within their budget. You can’t buy within your budget unless you have one, so let’s get at it... [read more]
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July 13, 2015

Am I ready to buy a house?

Five Signs You May Not be Ready to Buy, Yet.

There might be some dissent amongst some housing professionals, but not everyone needs to own a home right now. Let’s face it reality, some people out there have no business owning a home at all, ever. Most of you, however, will eventually buy a home and be perfect homeowners. You just need to do a little legwork and address a few poor early 20’s life choices. Whatever your boat, here are some of the reasons you might consider waiting... [read more]


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