10 tips for making a first-time home purchase go smoothly

They might require extra time and more information at every step, but it’s a gratifying transaction

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Able real estate agents know the first step with first-time (and really all) buyers is to get them pre-qualified — preferably with a lender who is accustomed to working with this group of buyers and who has the patience to explain (early and often) all the costs related to a property purchase.