3 ways real estate agents can help renters become homeowners

Here’s how three real estate agents in three distinct markets — New York City, Chicago and Fargo — are helping renters make their dreams come true.

Challenged by a Down Payment? The Easiest Markets to Save For

One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently, according to an analysis recently released by RealEstate.com. The easiest market? Chicago, where the average […]

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First-Timers: Better Chances in Colorado and Texas

The housing market today is unprecedented, and buyers are contending with cost pressures and short supply—but, according to a recent report by WalletHub, there are cities where conditions are more favorable for first-time homeowners: Broken Arrow, Okla. Tampa, Fla. Centennial, Colo. Boise, Idaho Grand Rapids, Mich. Thornton, Colo. Frisco, Texas McKinney, Texas Cary, N.C. Gilbert, […]

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7 tips for squashing first-time homebuyer anxiety

First-time homebuyers are an interesting mix of clients. They’re often excited, looking forward to touring different homes and moving into their first house, but they might also be intimidated or nervous about the size of their decision. They’re inexperienced and might not know what to expect.

10 tips for making a first-time home purchase go smoothly

Able real estate agents know the first step with first-time (and really all) buyers is to get them pre-qualified — preferably with a lender who is accustomed to working with this group of buyers and who has the patience to explain (early and often) all the costs related to a property purchase.

How to answer these 7 common first-time homebuyer questions

To keep things running smoothly, we’ve compiled a list of questions first-time homebuyers should ask across the board. Agents who are prepared to answer these inquiries upfront and in detail stand at least one step ahead of the competition and facilitate an overall positive experience.

5 best cities for first-time homebuyers looking to save

In the current housing market, first-time homebuyers often get the short end of the stick — they’re more likely to be on the hunt for lower-priced starter homes, which have already been snatched up for use as single-family rentals or are occupied by homeowners unwilling to enter a volatile housing market.

Drought Intensifies for Starter Supply

There is all-but-dried up inventory on the market—and, for buyers at the entry level, any available homes are likely priced out of reach, according to the March Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. “This year’s home-shopping season is shaping up to be even crazier than last, and, sadly, the group that will have the hardest time […]

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6 tips for easing first-time homebuyer stress

First-time homebuyers certainly present an interesting challenge for any real estate agent. They put all your skills to the test as you balance trying to close the sale, dishing out cautionary advice and sometimes saving your clients from themselves.

Disenfranchised First-Timers: Solving the Need for Entry-Level Housing

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses the affordable housing shortage, and potential solutions. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Bill Plattos, Executive Vice President, First Team Realty, Orange County, Calif.   Dan Forsman, President & CEO, […]

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