First-Time Home Buyer

Everything you need to buy your first home, from initial decisions all the way to the closing table! Outsmart the financial trap of homeownership with advice that can save you a fortune.

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  • Rent vs. Buy Spreadsheet
    Find out exactly when it's a good idea to take the house-buying leap
  • Lender Comparison Spreadsheet
    To help compare apples to apples when choosing a lender
  • Self-Directed Home Inspection Checklist
    A printable copy of the checklist included in the book
  • Multiple checklists not included in the book
    To-dos before starting, questions  for interviewing agents, everything to do while under contract, and more!
  • 30-page ebook by Scott Trench
    "Six Steps to Eliminating Debt & Repairing Credit"
  • 15-page ebook by Mindy Jensen
    "Boost Your Profits When Selling Your Investment Property"
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“This book is the first, and maybe most important, investment you can make in buying your first home."
―JL Collins, author of The Simple Path to Wealth

"In First-Time Home Buyer, Scott and Mindy helped this long-time renter feel like buying a home doesn't have to be so daunting! You'll get answers to questions you didn't even know you should have."
―Erin Lowry, author of the Broke Millennial series

No matter how desperately you want to escape the renter’s cycle, buying a house isn’t always a good investment. Your home can destroy your wealth and freedom or generate the same—and this book will show you 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 thirty 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.

Don’t let the “American Dream” trick you into making a poor life decision. Buy a house with your eyes wide open and outsmart the world’s most common financial trap!

  • Is buying a house a good investment, and what’s wrong with the way everyone else does it?
  • How much house can you afford (with a free Rent vs. Buy spreadsheet available for download!)
  • Everything you should know about the housing market and appreciation
  • Steps you can take to turn your first home into a future cash-flowing investment
  • How to choose a real estate agent and a lender that have your best interests in mind
  • What to look for when buying a house, and what to absolutely avoid
  • How to decide if fixer-upper houses and home renovation are right for you
  • The nitty-gritty details of how to buy a house, like how to view properties with an eye for detail, submit offers, survive your home inspection, and everything else from contract to closing!
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Customer Rating and Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Rochelle Eigsti
Excellent read

The book was easy and a good read. Great information for anywhere in the home purchase process.

Takes the mystery and acronyms out of it!

A great little book that packs a lot of detail. Does what it intended. Thanks for writing!

Reginald Pamintuan
FT home buyer

Only about 50pgs in both this book is so insightful and realistic! Really excited to get through it and put what I’m learning to practice.

Felicia Lamothe
As The Title Says...

This was such a fun, easy, informative read and saved me from my emotional self! Mindy and Scott were super thorough in the steps from before you think about buying through the buying process. This is a must read for every first time homebuyer. I love the format because even though I’ve had family members go through the process, there were steps and considerations in the book that hadn’t been shared with me. Tips on doing market research helped me discover that an area I was looking at was underperforming to the rest of the market helping me make an educated decision to move on in the search. For anyone new to homebuying, I recommend this book as you can use it as a checklist for navigating an expensive and often complex process.

Abel Gudaye
Don't gamble on your home purchase, must read book

Really enjoyed this book, by Mindy & Scott, extremely concise and very educational with a step by step guide within each process. The content is highly applicable to first time home buyers or for anyone buying a resident that wants to be on the right pathway to financial freedom so they don't trap themselves. It’s not about just knowing how to buy a home but having plans in place for exit strategies to set you up for financial freedom.They went through the steps from A-Z with explanation and added their quirky jokes throughout for a mental break, which I enjoyed. 5/5 would recommend it!

About the Author

Scott Trench is CEO of BiggerPockets, co-host of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, a real estate investor and broker, and a bestselling author of Set for Life and First-Time Home Buyer. Through a solid understanding of money management, calculated risks, and a lot of hard work, he created financial freedom for himself as well as a successful real estate business just three years after graduating college. Scott currently lives in Denver, Colorado and enjoys skiing, rugby, craft beers, and terrible punny jokes.

Mindy Jensen has been buying and selling homes for more than twenty years. Currently, she’s working on her ninth live-in flip—she buys ugly houses, moves in, makes them beautiful, sells them, and starts the process all over again. She is a licensed real estate agent in Colorado, co-host of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, author of two books, and the Community Manager for When you can get her to stop talking about real estate, you can find her on her bike or adventuring in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.