Buying Your First Home

Buying a home for the first time can be overwhelming, but we've got you covered with our simple, easy to understand advice.

How to Buy Your First Home: A Guide for Beginners
Buying Your First Home
How to Buy Your First Home: A Guide for Beginners

This complete guide walks through how to buy your first home — including saving, obtaining financing, finding an agent, and negotiating and closing the deal.

Buying a House with Cash: What Does That Mean?
Buying Your First Home
Buying a House with Cash: What Does That Mean?

If a cash offer on a home doesn't literally mean showing up with dollar bills to a sale, what does it mean? Let's explain how cash offers work.

What Exactly Is The Escrow Process?
Buying Your First Home
What Exactly Is The Escrow Process?

If you’re a first-time buyer, you may not have a clear picture of what the escrow process actually looks like. Let’s break down everything you need to know

Can You Buy a House With a Credit Card — And Should You?
Buying Your First Home
Can You Buy a House With a Credit Card — And Should You?

While you can technically buy a home with a credit card, there will be some hurdles, and the cost may be prohibitive.

How Long Will You Wait After Making an Offer on a Home?
Buying Your First Home
How Long Will You Wait After Making an Offer on a Home?

You've made your offer on a home you love. What happens next? Here's how long you'll wait to hear back from the seller.

6 Things to Avoid Doing When Working With a Real Estate Agent
Buying Your First Home
6 Things to Avoid Doing When Working With a Real Estate Agent

Collaboration with your agent is key in any real estate transaction, as they could be your greatest asset. So don't annoy them by doing any of these things.

Is It Worth Breaking a Lease to Buy a House?
Buying Your First Home
Is It Worth Breaking a Lease to Buy a House?

Even if you have to pay penalties, you may find that breaking your lease is worth it. Here are pros and cons to consider when you make this critical decision.

Headed to an Open House? Here's What You Need to Know
Buying Your First Home
Headed to an Open House? Here's What You Need to Know

You’ve started house hunting and want to attend some open houses. How do you get the most out of the experience?

How Much Debt Can You Have If You Want to Buy a House?
Buying Your First Home
How Much Debt Can You Have If You Want to Buy a House?

If you’re saddled with debts, the monthly payments you owe may make it difficult to meet a mortgage payment each month.

What Does it Mean When a House is Under Contract? Pending? Contingent?
Buying Your First Home
What Does it Mean When a House is Under Contract? Pending? Contingent?

You see a house you love, or see the listing online. But a sign says “Under Contract” or “Pending.” What do these these terms mean, and is it too late to buy?

The Difference Between a Listing Agent and Selling Agent
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The Difference Between a Listing Agent and Selling Agent

You hear these titles thrown around a lot in the home buying process. What do they mean?

The Pros and Cons of Joining an HOA
Buying Your First Home
The Pros and Cons of Joining an HOA

Homeowners associations have many rules and some fees. For the most part, they're worth it.

Is Buying A House Worth It?
Buying Your First Home
Is Buying A House Worth It?

Prospective home buyers in 2021 want to know if buying a house is worth it. Here’s why you should buy a house — or why not.

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Texas
Buying Your First Home
Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Texas

Before you start browsing listings or visiting open houses, there are some tips that first-time home buyers in Texas should keep in mind.

Renting vs Buying a Home
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Renting vs Buying a Home

The decision of renting a home vs buying a home involves everything from your finances to lifestyle to career plans. Here are some reasons you should consider.