Home Buying Tips for First-Time Buyers in 2017

Are you a first-time buyer? Need some solid advice to guide you though the process? You've come to the right place. Since 2005, the Home Buying Institute has published expert tips and tutorials for first-time home buyers. Our library covers everything from house hunting to mortgage loans, from the initial planning to the final closing.

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We've created one of the largest collections of home buying tips for first-time home buyers in 2017. Here are some of our most recent articles:

5 Things to Do Before Buying Your First Home
Buying a home is a huge investment. So it's important to get started on the right foot. Here are some things you should do -- and know -- before taking the big plunge.

Making Offers on More Than One Property
It might be legal for a home buyer to make offers on multiple properties, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. You risk losing your earnest money in this kind of scenario.

How Long Does Mortgage Underwriting Take?
After you apply for a home loan, your file will move on to the underwriting stage. This process can take anywhere from a few days up to several weeks, depending on these variables.

How Much Can I Afford With an FHA Loan?
The FHA loan program is very popular among home buyers. But there are some spending limits you need to know about. Loan limits and debt-to-income ratios are two examples.

Our Story: Helping First-Time Buyers Since 2006

We have been publishing home buying tips and tutorials for first-time buyers since 2004. HBI began 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 staff 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.

We publish new home buying tips on a weekly basis. Currently, our online library contains more than 500 tutorials. Most have been updated within the last year, to make them more useful and relevant. The most recent lessons can be found above. If you're a first-time buyer, you might want to start with these featured articles.