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Publisher's Summary

Start the home-buying process with your eyes wide open - and outsmart the world’s most common financial trap!

Buying a house is more than just trading money for a deed. Between choosing your real estate agent and lender, picking the right neighborhood, and finally, choosing the house itself, you're suddenly making more decisions than you ever thought possible. All this while trying to keep a level head for what may be the biggest purchase of your life!

Speaking of big purchases - buying a house isn’t always a good investment. Your home can either be a destroyer of wealth and freedom or a generator of the same. This book will show you not only how to afford your first home, but also how to make a decision that gives you the most financial flexibility possible.

Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast have been buying and selling houses for a collective 30 years. In First-Time Home Buyer, they’ll give you a comprehensive overview of the home-buying process, so you can consider all of your options and avoid pitfalls while jumping into the big, bad role of homeowner.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Steps you can take (and early decisions you can make) to turn your first home into a future cash-flowing investment
  • How much house can you actually afford - aka, not the breaking point of your budget
  • When to buy a house, renting vs. buying, and everything else you should know about the housing market
  • How to get your financial “house” in order while preparing for your big purchase (See what we did there?)
  • Fixer-upper houses and home renovation - are they really worth it?
  • What to look for when buying a house, and what to absolutely avoid
  • How to choose a real estate agent and a lender that have your best interests in mind
  • All the steps to buying a house - from loan pre-approval, to submitting offers, to home inspections, to the closing process, and everything in between
©2021 Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen (P)2021 BiggerPockets Publishing

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  • Jaydin Perez
  • 2021-04-22

Great Home buying Info

I wish I would have had this book when I bought my first property! Great read and useful info!

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  • Taylor Gordon
  • 2021-05-21

Funny and Punny

As someone saving to buy my first home, this book was invaluable! Especially the part about real estate agents, finding the best rates for a mortgage, and how emotional homebuying gets.

The performance was very well done and very easy to listen to, especially the puns… This is a must read for anyone thinking about buying their first home!

Don’t buy an anchor… Buy a springboard to a great financial future!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-27

A Must-Read for any First-Time Home Buyer

Great book. Walks you step-by-step through what to expect and the dos and don'ts of home purchasing. Narration was great and easy to listen. Highly recommend!

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  • Chris
  • 2021-04-26

Great combination of broad overviews and detailed tips

They covered a complex topic wonderfully.
Very easy and enjoyable listen. They took a broad 3,000 foot view on the entire process, provided actionable information on a TON of key specifics, and good intel on where to turn for more information that will be specific to the reader’s own circumstances where it was needed. Books like this can often be either a slog through hyper specific details that a novice can’t understand, or a bunch of non specific jargon that sounds good but doesn’t give you anything actionable to work with. This book avoided both of those traps wonderfully with a nice dose of humor to go with it.
Great read for a prospective first time home buyer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-03-29

Concise and well explained

Learned a lot in a short amount of time with this well written book. Audio narration was enjoyable.

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  • cesar garcia
  • 2022-03-24

a great book!

listen to this if you are a first time home buyer! definitely helped me

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  • CZ
  • 2022-02-15

The Bible to first time homebuying

This book breaks down the entire home buying process and adds professional experience in what to look for in buying a home.

Following the steps, I believe you’ll have the most success with getting a great deal and eliminating the homes that aren’t for you.

I feel like a home expert now.

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  • 2022-02-03

Well done again

I loved the info and the jokes!! It was entertaining and informative at the same time. Job well done Mindy and Scott

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  • Pietro S.53
  • 2022-01-29

The beat audiobook if you want to buy a house!

I read 4 books about buying a house, this is a very detailed and precise check list of the steps for buy a house.

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  • Joe Jernigan
  • 2022-01-29

Thank you!!!

Great book (and jokes, lol). This is the perfect book for everyone starting out Especially if you want to be a real estate investor. This really helped me valuate my mindset about the overall home buying process so that now I can make a good long-term decision and take action. Thank you