First-Time Home Buying

First-time home buying can be a major stress simply because of the novelty and the complication of the whole process. With this first-time home buying section, you'll be on your way to owning your dream house in no time.


10 Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Home

You can almost picture your dream home now: a small, sky-blue craftsman tucked into a peaceful neighborhood near the city. Now it's just a matter of finding and buying it. Here's a handy list of home-buying tips to help you along. See more »

How the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit Worked

In the midst of the 2008 housing crisis, the U.S. government introduced a program to encourage consumers to buy houses by offering a tax credit. It was expanded in 2009 and 2010. But did it ultimately help or hurt homebuyers and sellers? See more »

5 Helpful First-time Homebuyer Programs

Lack of funds doesn't have to be an obstacle to home ownership. There are many programs out there to help you get into your very own dream house – or at least a comfy condo. See more »

Are you financially ready to buy a house?

If you're considering home ownership, you've got a lot to think about -- and which neighborhood you want to live in is farther down on the list than you may think. What should you consider first? See more »

Are you ever too old to buy your first home?

As you get closer to retirement age, it might feel like it's too late to buy a home. While this might be true in some cases, there are times when it still makes sense to buy. But are you ever too old to buy your first house? See more »

Navigating Your First Home Inspection

Buying your first home is super exciting, a little nerve-wracking and a huge decision. For some, the emotional roller coaster may be enough to keep you renting forever. But don't fret; a home inspection can help quell some of those fears. See more »

Tips for First Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuying doesn't need to be as daunting as you might think. Check out these tips and find out what to know before buying your first home. See more »

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Home

Buying your very first house can seem like a daunting task. While thoughts of white picket fences and granite countertops might be dancing in your head, you don't want to be carried off by a dream and left holding a serious bill. But if you go into it with some research and a little help from others, you can make the right choices as a first-time home buyer. See more »

What Your Credit Score Means

Unless you only operate with cold, hard cash, credit is a way of life. And managing that credit to keep you in the money is extremely important. Where does you credit score come into the equation, and what does it mean? See more »

10 Things First-time Homebuyers Want, but Don't Need

So, you're in the car rolling along and you see it, your dream house. While you may not be able to afford everything on your wish list, you will want a few amenities you've been yearning for. But do you really need them? See more »