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.
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Can you buy your first home with bad credit?

Whereas a few years ago you could get a subprime loan without much trouble, the mortgage mess has led to a lot more caution in the way home loans are approved these days. If you're credit needs work, owning a home may be a distant dream.

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  • 10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes
    10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

    Buying your first home can be a dream come true, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Realistic planning is key to avoiding the pitfalls that await first-time homebuyers. See more »

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

  • Are you financially ready to buy a house?
    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 »

  • Buy or Rent? How to Determine What Makes Sense for You
    Buy or Rent? How to Determine What Makes Sense for You

    Many experts agree that while buying a home is often the ideal decision, there are definitely situations where a person would be smarter to rent. Find out which is right for you by taking this quiz. See more »

  • Can you buy your first home with bad credit?
    Can you buy your first home with bad credit?

    Whereas a few years ago you could get a subprime loan without much trouble, the mortgage mess has led to a lot more caution in the way home loans are approved these days. If you're credit needs work, owning a home may be a distant dream. See more »

  • First-time Homebuying 101
    First-time Homebuying 101

    The upside of a housing-market crash? Prices fall, making it a great time to buy. Buying your first home isn't a simple process, but it's entirely doable with a little preparation. Where should you start? See more »

  • Home Inspection Quiz
    Home Inspection Quiz

    If you've ever bought or sold a home, chances are you've gone through the home inspection process. But was the service and report you received up to par? Test how well you really know this process by taking this quiz. See more »

  • Navigating Your First Home Inspection
    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
    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
    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 »

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