First-time Homebuyers Information

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Thinking about using an online lender to buy or refinance your home? Getting pre-approved is easy, fast, and completely on your terms.

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about Where and how to get a mortgage pre-approval online

Understand how long pre-approval remains valid and when you should start the process.

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about How long does a mortgage pre-approval last?

Make a competitive all-cash offer using our money. We’ll buy the home on your behalf and finalize your mortgage so you can buy it back from us.

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about Everything you need to know about Better's Cash Offer program

Learn about the power of all-cash offers and how Better Real Estate can help you make one even if you don’t have cash on-hand.

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about All-cash offers: How to make a winning bid on a house

For one local man, being able to live on the river is much more than a perk—it’s personal.

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about Getting Home: Fred Miller

Before you can close on a home or refinance a property, an underwriter will need to verify your income, debts, and assets. See what docs they need and why.

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about Getting your mortgage docs in a row

Here’s an intro to how FHA loans work, how to qualify, and which types of borrowers might be a good match for this type of mortgage.

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about What is an FHA loan?

Tips for comparing the affordability of renting and buying a home, and deciding which one might be right for you.

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about Should I rent or buy a house?

Here’s what our underwriters take into consideration when reviewing applications from self-employed borrowers.

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about Self-employed? Here’s how to get a mortgage

Choosing the right neighborhood is one of the most important (and difficult) parts of buying a house. Here are some tips to help you make that decision.

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about How to decide where to buy a house

There is more to a mortgage than meets the eye. Here’s what a mortgage really is, how it works, and the different options available.

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about What is a mortgage

Discover the best places to live in New Jersey, what’s unique about the real estate market, how to find a New Jersey Realtor, plus 7 steps to buy a home.

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about Buying a home in New Jersey

Considering an out-of-state move? Don’t overlook these cities with lower costs of living and affordable homebuying options.

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about 10 of the most affordable cities in the US for homebuyers

See what you’ll miss if you buy a house without an agent, when DIY can work for you, and everything you need to know about how to buy a house...

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about Buying a house without a Realtor

Can you qualify for a mortgage? You might want to check your credit score. Learn how lenders handle your credit score and how you can improve it.

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about How your credit score affects your mortgage

Your realtor is a crucial part of your homebuying experience. Find out what they can do for you and how to choose yours.

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about How to pick a Realtor

From instant pre-approval letters to eliminating unnecessary costs, here’s how digital lenders make homebuying more convenient, transparent, and speedy.

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about Benefits of buying a house online

There is a range of tax deductions homebuyers or homeowners can use to lower their tax bill. Learn which tax breaks apply to your and what tax forms to use.

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about How does buying a house affect taxes

Can you still buy a home if you have student loan debt? Turns out you have some options. Here’s what you should know about getting a mortgage.

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about Getting a mortgage with student loans

Mortgages aren’t one-size-fits-all. To help you assess your options, learn all about understanding different home financing options.

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about Understanding your home financing options
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