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Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers-David Morris Group-Real Estate-reno homes-sparks homes-incline village homes

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, first-time homebuyers made up 34% of all buyers in 2021, with an average age of 33 years old. This data shows that millennials are still the most prominent home buyer demographic, with 82% of younger millennials and 48% of older millennials being first-time buyers last year. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, here are some things you can do to make your dream of homeownership come true.


Pay Down Your Debt

Buying a house is the most expensive purchase you’ll make, so you need to be as debt-free as possible before considering a home loan. The three most significant types of debt most new home buyers have are student loans, car loans, and credit cards. Paying down debt can be done.  A good rule of thumb is to start paying off the smallest debts first. Student loans can be daunting, so start with what you can do.  Consolidate high-interest credit cards into one monthly payment with a lower interest rate – then cancel the cards!  Sell the car with a high payment for something with a lesser monthly burden. Getting out of debt isn’t easy, but you can do it!.  Just take one step at a time, and when one thing is paid, move on to the next.  Most importantly, don’t incur any new debts while paying down the existing ones.   


Check Your Credit

Credit scores play a huge role in your ability to secure a mortgage loan. The minimum credit score most lenders have for a conventional loan is 620. It is possible to get a loan with a lower score, but the higher your score, the less interest you will pay. You can check your credit with your credit card company, online, or with a major credit bureau such as Equifax or Experian.  


Know What You Can Afford

You need to sit down and decide how much you can afford to spend on a down payment, monthly mortgage payments, and household expenses. Be careful not to spread yourself so thin that you are unable to put a little bit of money in savings each month.  


Get Pre-Approved

There is nothing worse than falling in love with a home only to realize you can’t afford it. Unless you plan to pay in cash, you need to get pre-approved for a loan. An initial consultation with a lender will help you determine your price range.  



Having a local professional guide you through the home buying process is more important than ever in this market. If you are serious about buying, you need a professional to help you find the perfect home within your budget. A REALTOR® will walk you through the information, talk you through the details, and help you make the right decisions. REALTORS® have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the largest centralized database of residential real estate listings in your area. While the internet offers some options to search for a home, the MLS is the only instant exposure to the market and is only available to Realtors®. 


Once you have completed all of the prep steps, your REALTOR® will guide you through the rest of the process until you get to the closing table.


If you would like some more information about buying your first home, or if you’re looking for a great REALTOR® to show you around the Reno-Sparks area, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to be your helpful guide. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.