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


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First-Time Homebuyer Characteristics & Concerns

A Better Measure of First-Time Homebuyers [Part 1 of 5] (Liberty Street Economics, Apr. 8, 2019)

Who’s on First? Characteristics of First-Time Homebuyers [Part 2 of 5] (Liberty Street Economics, Apr. 10, 2019)

The Sustainability of First-Time Homeownership [Part 3 of 5] (Liberty Street Economics, Apr. 12, 2019)

Is the Recent Tax Reform Playing a Role in the Decline of Home Sales? [Part 4 of 5] (Liberty Street Economics, Apr. 15, 2019)

5 Tips for Millennials Thinking About Buying a Home (Realty Times, Jun. 4, 2018)

First Time Homebuyers Learn to Move Quickly in Tight Markets (New York Times, May 11, 2018)

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

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

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

Working With First-​Time Homebuyers

Working With First-Time Home Buyers (Center for REALTOR® Development Podcast, Feb. 5, 2019)

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

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

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home (Audiobook, eBook)

The Everything Homebuying Book (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Home Buying for Dummies (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Home Buying Without the BS! (eBook)

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

Next Generation Real Estate (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Real Estate Process (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

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

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home (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

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