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First Time Home Buyers

First Time Buyer Advice

Melissa Terzis | Posted 04.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Melissa Terzis

Be realistic about what your budget constraints are. In this crazy market, you would be wasting time if you are searching for a house way below market value in the middle of the action.

How to Make Your New Home's HVAC System More Energy Efficient

Will Housh | Posted 03.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Will Housh

So, you've moved into a new home and you just got your first utility bill. Is it higher than you expected? If so, your HVAC system may be the cause.

6 Things Millennials Should Do Before Buying a House

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 04.15.2015 | Money
Shannah L. Compton

According to Real Estate Agents Rhonda Kohn, Keller Williams, and Jessica Foote, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, being prepared before you start shopping for your new home is the difference between real estate success, and real estate crash.

First-Time Home Buyer? Here's What You Should Know About Your Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 01.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

We find that first-time home buyers often misunderstand one of the key components of the home buying process: the appraisal. It is the single most important tool to ensure buyers pay a fair and equitable price for the property they purchase.

Factor Your Lifestyle Into Your Budget | Posted 01.20.2015 | Money

Looking at sprawling villas in the suburbs and 2,000-square-foot condos in the middle of downtown is one thing. How much home you can afford may be entirely different.

As America Becomes More Diverse, Lending Barriers to Minority Homeownership Demand Serious Leadership

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 01.19.2015 | HuffPost Home
Garrick T. Davis

Recently released mortgage disclosure data findings indicate that a majority of future U.S. households could face significant challenges in achieving homeownership.

All Signs Point to Buying

Toni Haber | Posted 01.05.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

The housing market has shown massive improvement, nearing pre-recession values around the country; still, less people are willing to buy and choose to rent instead. This can be attributed to the much smaller percentage of first-time buyers.

Why New Construction Homes Are a Hot Choice for Homebuyers

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Older homes, especially ones that were not meticulously maintained or renovated each decade usually need a little TLC and are often slightly less expensive than a new construction home. However, new construction homes have advantages that just might outweigh their older, more established counterparts.

7 Ways to Match Your First Dream Home to Your Budget

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

You are ready to buy your first home. Congrats! Although you haven't found it yet, in your mind, it's perfect! Open floor plan, granite countertops, a walk-in closet ... the works!

5 Ways to Avoid Real Estate Road Rage When Closing on a Home

Casey Bond | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Casey Bond

Considering the amount of money involved in a home purchase, as well as the overall feeling of achievement and security associated with ownership, it's no surprise that emotions run high on both sides during a sale.

Mobility Math: More Folks Renting = Fewer Mortgages = Lower Deficit and Lower Unemployment

Terry Connelly | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Indeed, it has long been U.S. government policy to encourage home buying among young adults, especially by providing favorable tax subsidies for homebuyers in the form of the famous mortgage interest deduction.

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My First Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

As a general rule, it's wise to take 20 percent less than what the bank will lend you.

INFOGRAPHIC: Common Myths About The Home Buying Process

David S. Bunton | Posted 05.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

In today's increasingly competitive real estate market, understanding the appraisal process cannot be overstated. Although appraisals are one of the most important parts of the home buying process, they are often one of the most misunderstood.

Not-Yet-Knocking on the Real Estate Door

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 02.02.2014 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

During the first few decades of my career as a real estate attorney, the question posed by clients was, "What will buying (or selling) cost me?" When ...

WATCH: Don't Buy A House Without These Expert Tips

Posted 11.03.2013 | HuffPost Home

Buying a home can be thrilling, but before you let emotion get the best of you (and the huge investment you're about to make), experts say there are a...

4 Things to Know Before Applying for FHA Loan

MyBankTracker | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business

A Federal Housing Administration loan, or FHA, is a great loan to have. The FHA provides insurance-backed mortgage loans through approved FHA-lenders.

More Bad News For Potential Home Buyers

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 09.13.2013 | HuffPost Home

Feeling antsy about the real estate market yet? If you're a potential home buyer, you've been inundated with talk of everything from bubbles to the wa...

What Is It Like To Buy Your First House in Silicon Valley?

Quora | Posted 11.10.2013 | San Francisco

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Sumi Kim, Living and working Silicon Valley since 2008 We just bought a house (on August 28t...

Really Bad News For First-Time Homebuyers

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 09.03.2013 | HuffPost Home

There's yet another hurdle between you and your starter home.

This One Time, at Medieval Times...

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 05.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Shannon Sutherland

I am a pretty awesome person but like anyone, I have some things that I am less awesome with. Whenever I talk to my accountant sister it becomes embar...

'We Found Our First Ever Dream Home..Then Sellers Backed Out'

The Huffington Post | AS TOLD TO NICOLE GUZZARDI | Posted 03.17.2013 | HuffPost Home

When a family shops for their first home it can be both exhilarating and…stressful. This was especially true for Kristen, 32 years old, and her husb...

Tired of Climbing Up the Real Esate Ladder

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 08.21.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The would-be home buyer didn't like my advice about selling her house before she went to contract on another one. "That won't work. I won't have a p...

First-Time Homebuyers Boost Sales Of Previously Owned Homes

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Americans are buying more homes in every region of the country, the latest indication that the housing market could be on the mend....

Suze Orman's 6-Step Financial Reality Check for Newlyweds

Suze Orman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Weddings
Suze Orman

But when Maria and Victor contacted me to help plot their next steps, I warned them of some potential obstacles that could block their dreams--especially if the newlyweds don't plan carefully.

The Biggest Mistakes For First-Time Home Buyers

The New York Times | jennifer saranow schultz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

My husband and I are in the market to buy our first home. After looking for months, we were convinced last week that we had finally found a property t...