• Home Buying Institute - About Us

    Welcome to the Home Buying Institute. This website offers advice on all aspects of the home buying process. You can find tips on house hunting, finding a real estate agent, shopping for a mortgage and more.

    Media Coverage

    Our Educational Mission

    In a nutshell: We give home buyers the information they need to make smarter decisions during the home-buying process.

    We want to create a smarter class of home buyers in the U.S. History shows there is a need for more (and better) advice for first-time home buyers. Many of the problems associated with the 2008 - 2009 housing crisis could have been avoided, if buyers were better educated about the process. Quality education is in everyone's best interest — and that is what we offer through this website.

    HBI Around the Web (Quotes & Citations)

    Say hello to a stronger economy, goodbye to record-low mortgage rates
    Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors

    Home Buying Institute looks at hot Denver housing market
    Confluence magazine

    2014 a Year to Remember?
    University of Florida alumni news

    Florida Housing Market to Top the Nation in 2014
    WGCU, NPR affiliate

    Meet the Editor

    Brandon Cornett

    Brandon Cornett is a consumer advocate who has covered the real estate scene for nearly a decade. He is the creator of the Home Buying Institute and several other housing-related websites.

    His educational articles have appeared on thousands of websites across the United States and abroad. His work has been cited by Time magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, PBS and many more.

    Brandon lives in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, California with his wife and daughter.

    Website Funding

    The Home Buying Institute is funded by various advertising programs. This website has no financial backers, other than publisher Brandon Cornett. We are not beholden to any company or advertiser, so we are free to publish objective information. What does this mean to you, as a home buyer? It means that every article on this website is designed to inform you, not to persuade you.

    Statement of Objectivity

    As mentioned above, we are not paid to say or write anything on this website. We write articles to help first-time home buyers, not to sell products or services. We work hard to present all sides of a particular issue. For example, in this discussion of ARM loans, we discuss the potential dangers as well as the potential benefits of that financing method. We apply that same objectivity to everything we do.