First-time homebuyers should consider the following tips:

  1. Get pre-approved for a mortgage before beginning the home search.
  2. Work with a real estate agent to find homes that meet specific criteria.
  3. Stay within budget and avoid overspending.
  4. Consider the long-term costs of homeownership, such as maintenance and repairs.
  5. Be prepared to negotiate with the seller or walk away from a deal if necessary.