The Homebuyer's Helper

So, you've decided to take the leap into home ownership. But where do you begin? Let's walk through it together.

Preparing for Homeownership
How to Know You're Ready to Buy a House
Front exterior of home.
How Much Down Payment Is Required on a House?
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7 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment
A white Spanish-style home surrounded by tall green plants
The 8 Hidden Costs of Buying a Home
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How Much House Can I Afford?
Modern extension built onto the side of a listed period property.
What Credit Score Do You Need to Buy a House?
Steph and Scott Cleary's Los Angeles house
11 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score for a Mortgage
Straight on shot of a mid century bungalow 1940’s style home in Portland, OR
Everything You Need to Know About Earnest Money
A unique green and pink house
A Homebuyer’s Guide to Debt-to-Income Ratio
Financing & Mortgages
12 Things You Need For Preapproval
Main and side entrances of a white Spanish-style home with a clay tiled roof. A white brick perimeter wall runs in front of the home. An archway leading to the front door is visible. Two wooden steps lead up to the side entrance.
Preapproval vs. Prequalification: What’s the Difference?
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The 8 Types of Mortgage Loans — And How to Choose the Best One for You
Victorian Home
How to Choose the Best Mortgage Lender
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The Complete Guide to FHA Loans
a bungalow with a gray wooden exterior and a red front door
How (And When) Do You Lock In a Mortgage Rate?
A white Mediterranean-style home entrance with black address numbers
What Is Private Mortgage Insurance?
Modern two-story home and front yard in Buenos Aires
What Is a Conventional Loan? Here's Everything You Need to Know
Three Small Houses in Row
Why You Should Always Shop for a Mortgage
Shopping for Homes
16 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent
Craftsman Style Bungalow
6 Things to Look for When Buying a House
How to Research a Neighborhood Before You Buy
Bungalow House with White Picket Fence
How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent
Colored row houses
How to Buy a House at Auction
Black contemporary house in front of a sidewalk with a streetlamp
6 Fail-Proof Tips for Buying a Home Remotely, According to the Pros
Exterior of modern tiny house
How Do Open Houses Work?
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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Foreclosed Home
Home exterior and front yard. California-Spanish style.
10 Warning Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent
Escrow & Closing
The Complete Guide to Making an Offer on a House
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The Closing Process in 7 Steps
Small American house with gray exterior paint.
7 Ways to Win a Bidding War on a House You Want
a building with a brick exterior, gables, a turret room, and wooden pillars
13 Signs You Should Walk Away After a Home Inspection
a pre-fab home with a glass and corrugated metal exterior
The Final Walk-Through: What It Is and What to Look For
Beautiful Newly Constructed Modern Home
9 Items Your Home Inspector Will Be Looking For
A backyard of a home in the desert
How a Counter Offer Works When Buying a House
Two story single family house with driveway
What to Do If the Home Appraisal Is Too Low
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How Long Does It Take to Close on a House?
Home Improvements
7 Rules of Mindful Renovation
Front yard of a Spanish style white house with terra-cotta steps and roof tiles
The 15 Easiest Home Upgrades You Can Make After Buying a House
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5 Ways to Finance Home Renovations, According to Financial Planners
Loft kitchen interior with marble bar
An Architect's Top 5 Renovation Secrets
White counter and wood base kitchen island with black stools and black pendant lights above.
How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Kitchen in 2022?
Home Hacks & Answers
large bathroom with freestanding white tub, glass shower with large marble tile, rectangular window, black pendant light fixture, white vanity with marble top, rectangular mirror with black trim, two black sconce light fixtures, brown area rug
How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost in 2022?
Home Hacks & Answers
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10 Home Exterior Transformations That Prove Any Fixer Is LITERALLY a Blank Canvas
House Construction Framing Gradating Into Finished Kitchen Build
8 Things to Do Before You Hire a Contractor for Your Next Home Project
Home Hacks & Answers
Carpenter laying new wood flooring
Where Do Homeowners Find a Good Contractor?
Home Hacks & Answers
Moving In
This Study Pinpoints the 5 Most Common Moving Mistakes
Decorating Your New Home
The Major Interior Design Styles You Should Know About
Modern kitchen with black cabinets, white counters and black stools
Kitchen Ideas & Inspiration
living room idea with velvet sofa and lounge chairs
Living Room Ideas and Inspiration
black and white bathroom idea with wooden stool in corner
Bathroom Ideas 101
bedroom idea with iron bed frame and floor to ceiling built-in bookcase next to window seat
Bedroom Ideas: Advice and Inspiration
outdoor idea for backyard with stone pathway and patio furniture
Outdoor Ideas: Advice & Inspiration
white home office with desk and chair in front of windows
Home Office Ideas & Inspiration
Bedroom closet design with hanging bags, pampas grass, and modern headboard
Closet Design Ideas & Inspiration
neutral dining room idea with mirrored accent wall and storage cabinet and floor to ceiling drapery
Dining Room: Ideas & Inspiration