Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Learn strategies for saving a down payment, applying for a mortgage, shopping for a house and more.
Barbara Marquand
By Barbara Marquand 
Updated
Edited by Alice Holbrook Reviewed by Michael Soon Lee

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It’s exciting — and a little scary — to think about buying your first home. Even when you know you’re ready to buy a house, you might not be sure where to begin. These tips for first-time home buyers will help you navigate the process from start to finish.

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