• Home Buying Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

    Are you a first-time buyer? Need some helpful home buying tips to guide you though the process? You've come to the right place. Since 2006, the Home Buying Institute has published expert tips and tutorials for first-time home buyers. Our information-packed website covers everything from house hunting to mortgage loans, from the initial planning to the final closing.

    Today, we have one of the largest collections of home buying tips for first-time home buyers in 2014 — more than 1,000 articles and tutorials, and counting! Use the menu above to start your learning process, or check out the featured tutorials for buying your first home below.

    Home Buying ProcessOverview: How to Buy a House
    This article walks you through the process one step at a time, with first-time buyers John and Jane. You'll learn plenty of home buying tips as you follow the couple along their journey. For even more tips, be sure to follow the hyperlinks that are spread throughout the lesson.

    Mortgage TypesTypes of Mortgage Loans
    This article is a must read for first-time buyers. It explains some of the choices you'll have when shopping for a loan. It offers tips on choosing between fixed and adjustable, FHA versus conventional, and more. This tutorial was updated for 2014 and is full of useful home-buying tips.

    Mortgage Pre-ApprovalMortgage Pre-Approval Process
    Getting pre-approved benefits you in several ways. It helps you identify any issues that may prevent you from getting a final approval. It also makes you more competitive, as a home buyer. This article explains the pre-approval process in detail.

    Credit Score NeededCredit Scores & Mortgage Loans
    Did you know your credit score can make or break your chances of getting a home loan? It's true. This three-digit number is very important during the application, underwriting and approval process. Here's what you need to know about it.

    Our Story: Publishing Home Buying Tips for First-Time Buyers

    We have been publishing home buying tips and tutorials for first-time buyers since 2004. We started off as an email newsletter service, before launching this website in 2006. That's a full decade of offering tips on buying a first home! Where has the time gone?

    Today, HBI is one of the most frequently visited, and widely cited, websites catering to home buyers and mortgage shoppers. We have received literally thousands of questions over the years (if only we had the staffing to answer them all). As a result, we know what questions you have, as a first-time home buyer. Our website is designed to answer those questions in a clear and helpful manner. Here's to another ten years of helping buyers!

    Tip: Do you need even more tips for buying your first home in 2014? Try using the search box located in the upper-right corner of this (and every) page. Our website offers hundreds of tips and tutorials for first-time buyers, with new ones added every day. How do I choose the right type of loan? How do I make an offer to buy a house? How do I negotiate with the seller? You'll find answers to these and other home buying questions right here on our website.

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