Working With First-Time Homebuyers


Discover what is holding back first timers and learn how to help them overcome their homebuying issues.


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Before you search elsewhere, take advantage of the research we've already done for you. Formerly known as Field Guides, References tabs contain links to external articles, titles from the NAR Library eBooks collection, websites, statistics, and other material to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives on each topic. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

First-Time Homebuyer Characteristics & Concerns

Student debt delays buyers by 5 years, (Daily Real Estate News, REALTOR® Magazine, June 14, 2016).

Bad credit holding back holding back first-time homebuyers?, (HousingWire, June 10, 2016).

7 biggest fears for first time homebuyers, (Coldwell Banker RCI Realty, Apr. 19, 2016).

Why first-time home buyers are staying on the sidelines, (MarketWatch, Jan. 4, 2016).

The three biggest financial challenges first-time homebuyers face, (The Washington Post, Nov. 19, 2015).

Working With First-​Time Homebuyers

Understanding your millennial buyers, (REALTOR® Magazine, May 2016).

5 mistakes your first time real estate buyers should avoid, (Zurple, Feb. 23, 2016).

Understanding first-time homebuyers: what to know and how to serve, (RIS Media, 2016).

Top cities for first-time buyers in 2016, (Daily Real Estate News REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 20, 2015).

What to do before buying your first home, (HouseLogic, n.d.).

4 tips for first-time home buyers, (®, July 24, 2015.).

Relationship management: 3 ways a first-time home buyer can drive you nuts!, (REALTOR® Magazine, Dec. 2012).

5 common first time home buyer mistakes, (REALTOR® Magazine, n.d.).

First-time homebuyer’s basics, (®).

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Buying a Home When You're Single, (Adobe eReader)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

The Everything Homebuying Book, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

Home Buying for Dummies, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Home Buying Without the BS!, (Adobe eReader)

How to Buy Your First Home, 2E (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Next Generation Real Estate, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

The Real Estate Process, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

A Survival Guide for Buying a Home, (Kindle, PDF eBook)

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Buying solo, (Chicago, IL: Penguin Group, 2005). HF 5438 Su6

Home buying for dummies, (Chicago, IL: Wiley Publishing, 2001). HD 1341 T98

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