• We asked Inman readers about the biggest mistakes they've seen first-time homebuyers make.
  • These were the top three: not talking to a lender first, waiting too long to make an offer and offering too little for properties.
  • The resounding piece of advice readers offered was: "Listen to your agent!"

As with many things in 2016, the housing market has been plagued with various issues: plummeting inventory, skyrocketing home prices and affordability problems that are keeping some buyers still. However, the National Association of Realtors’ September existing-home sales report revealed a promising silver lining — first-time homebuyers. First-timers accounted for 34 percent of all buyers and helped drive one of the best months NAR has seen yet. But as our latest poll showed, it takes a lot of coaching and patience to reap the rewards of this plucky bunch.

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