First-timers worry about jobs, credit

Century 21 survey: Buyers see homes as affordable

Most prospective first-time homebuyers know interest rates are low and believe that homes are affordable. But nearly half don’t know about the $8,000 tax credit available to first-time homebuyers through the end of November, and three in four say it’s hard to get a loan.

Those are some of the key findings of a survey of 1,000 prospective first-time homebuyers conducted in early March for Century 21 Real Estate LLC.