Working With First-Time Homebuyers


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

Infographic: The Anatomy of a First-Time Buyer


We've already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

First-Time Homebuyer Characteristics & Concerns

5 Things Most First-time Homebuyers Don't Know About Mortgages (Realty Times, March 14, 2018)

Lack of Homes on the Market Takes a Toll on First-time Buyers (®, February 21, 2018)

Home Buyers Reveal: 'What I Wish I Had Known Before Buying my First Home' (®, January 23, 2018)

Terrified to Buy a Home? Put Your Biggest Fears to Rest (, July 24, 2017)

First-time Homebuyers Who Did it on Their Own (The New York Times, April 21, 2017)

Working With First-​Time Homebuyers

Essential Tips for Real Estate Marketing to Millennial Home Buyers (Placester, October 17, 2017).

I'm a Real Estate Agent and Investor—Here Are My 8 Best Pieces of Advice for First-time Homebuyers (Business Insider, December 27, 2017)

The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home (HouseLogic)

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, (PDF eBook)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

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

Home Buying for Dummies, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

Home Buying Without the BS!, (PDF eBook)

How to Buy Your First Home, 2E (PDF eBook)

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

The Real Estate Process, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

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

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, (PDF eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. 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 Member Support 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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