• First-Time Home Buyer

  • The Complete Playbook to Avoiding Rookie Mistakes
  • By: Scott Trench, Mindy Jensen
  • Narrated by: Tyler Boss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Start the home-buying process with your eyes wide open - and outsmart the world’s most common financial trap!

Buying a house is more than just trading money for a deed. Between choosing your real estate agent and lender, picking the right neighborhood, and finally, choosing the house itself, you're suddenly making more decisions than you ever thought possible. All this while trying to keep a level head for what may be the biggest purchase of your life!

Speaking of big purchases - buying a house isn’t always a good investment. Your home can either be a destroyer of wealth and freedom or a generator of the same. This book will show you not only how to afford your first home, but also how to make a decision that gives you the most financial flexibility possible.

Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast have been buying and selling houses for a collective 30 years. In First-Time Home Buyer, they’ll give you a comprehensive overview of the home-buying process, so you can consider all of your options and avoid pitfalls while jumping into the big, bad role of homeowner.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Steps you can take (and early decisions you can make) to turn your first home into a future cash-flowing investment
  • How much house can you actually afford - aka, not the breaking point of your budget
  • When to buy a house, renting vs. buying, and everything else you should know about the housing market
  • How to get your financial “house” in order while preparing for your big purchase (See what we did there?)
  • Fixer-upper houses and home renovation - are they really worth it?
  • What to look for when buying a house, and what to absolutely avoid
  • How to choose a real estate agent and a lender that have your best interests in mind
  • All the steps to buying a house - from loan pre-approval, to submitting offers, to home inspections, to the closing process, and everything in between
©2021 Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen (P)2021 BiggerPockets Publishing

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Great Home buying Info

I wish I would have had this book when I bought my first property! Great read and useful info!

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Funny and Punny

As someone saving to buy my first home, this book was invaluable! Especially the part about real estate agents, finding the best rates for a mortgage, and how emotional homebuying gets.

The performance was very well done and very easy to listen to, especially the puns… This is a must read for anyone thinking about buying their first home!

Don’t buy an anchor… Buy a springboard to a great financial future!

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A Must-Read for any First-Time Home Buyer

Great book. Walks you step-by-step through what to expect and the dos and don'ts of home purchasing. Narration was great and easy to listen. Highly recommend!

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Great combination of broad overviews and detailed tips

They covered a complex topic wonderfully.
Very easy and enjoyable listen. They took a broad 3,000 foot view on the entire process, provided actionable information on a TON of key specifics, and good intel on where to turn for more information that will be specific to the reader’s own circumstances where it was needed. Books like this can often be either a slog through hyper specific details that a novice can’t understand, or a bunch of non specific jargon that sounds good but doesn’t give you anything actionable to work with. This book avoided both of those traps wonderfully with a nice dose of humor to go with it.
Great read for a prospective first time home buyer.

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Useful Information

Engaging, relatable, and answers many of the daunting questions that a first time homebuyer may have. Highly recommend.

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Set me up for success!

This book made purchasing a home relatively straightforward and left us feeling much more comfortable, even as first-time buyers. We knew what the process would entail and how to prepare in advance so we could have a successful transaction and feel secure afterward. I will be recommending this book to anyone I know starting their first buying process, and I’ll be keeping my copy on hand for when it comes time for our next purchase.

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Informative and helpful

This book is informative enough to purchase the hardcopy. The kind of read that you want to place highlights and bookmarks in.

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How Punny

This book is valuable when buying your first property. You might want to take notes, because the information comes quickly. I picked up the paperback version so I can go back and really study the material, I feel like the audio book is a supplement to really studying each and every formula within the bigger pockets library. Definitely recommend it, just watch out for the pun jokes

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Concise and well explained

Learned a lot in a short amount of time with this well written book. Audio narration was enjoyable.

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a great book!

listen to this if you are a first time home buyer! definitely helped me

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  • Campbell Morkham
  • 09-02-22

Good insights

As an aspirational first home buyer, this taught how to take the emotion out of home buying and think about what really matters.

Even though I am an Australian I found most of the content relevant, other than some specific terminologies.

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  • Jesse
  • 05-02-21

Great Content!

Some great concepts and explanations. And some humour to boot! While I’m not in the US, I still got great value out of this as the concepts are pretty much the same, just have different names. There is some US specific terms, rules and regulations, but we have very similar ones here in Australia. Great Job! It left me wanting more.