First-time homebuyer hot spot: Fresno, Calif.

Excerpt from an Inman News special report

When public defense attorney and first-time homebuyer Sergio Benavides decided to buy a home in Fresno after years of renting, his main concern was getting conned.

"I’m an attorney, and I read a lot. I know how the economy was destroyed by the housing market, and I did not want to be just another victim," he said.