Learn About Buying A Home

First-Time Home Buyers

First-time home buyers, get the information you need and make the right decisions about buying your first home. Learn about the mortgage process, the right way to get a pre-approval and the home loan options available to you.

In this section, you'll learn:


Expert Home Buying and Selling

Seasoned home buyers can learn expert tips, including how to use Smart Buyer pre-approvals, best ways to buy a new home, and when it's time to buy an investment property or vacation home.

  • Making an Offer on Your Next Home
  • Closing Costs and Fees Explained

Mortgage Loans for Home Buyers

Find out more about mortgage loans that give you a stable mortgage payment in a high-cost market. Learn the truth about interest-only mortgages, pre-approvals and no-documentation loans.

  • FHA Loans Helps You Buy a House…Your HomeBusting Myths About Interest-Only

Home Loan Finance Basics

Get the basics on home financing and get answers to your mortgage questions here. Learn about private mortgage insurance, pre-payment penalties, closing costs and tax deductions for homeowners.

  • Avoid Paying Fees for Paying Your Loan Off Early9 Easy Tax Deductions for Homeowners

Credit and Credit Scores

Learn everything you need to know about your credit report and credit score. Find out how your credit and your debts can affect your ability to get a home loan, and what to do if you need to fix your credit.

  • What You Should Know About Your Credit Report
  • Your Credit Score, Explained
  • Little-Known Ways to Improve Your Credit Score