Scott Trench
Mindy Jensen

First-Time Home Buyer

Save a fortune at the closing table and beyond—and dodge the common financial pitfalls of first-time homeownership—with “exceptionally practical” and “clear” advice (Grant Sabatier, bestselling author of Financial Freedom).

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    "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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No matter how much you want to escape the renter’s cycle, buying a house isn’t always a good investment. Your home can make or break your chance to generate wealth and freedom—and this book will show you how to make the right decisions to give 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 thirty years. In First-Time Home Buyer, they’ll give you a “real-world masterclass” in the home-buying process (Brad Barrett, co-host of the ChooseFI Podcast)—so you can consider all of your options and avoid common mistakes before you jump into the life-changing role of homeowner. Buy your first house with your eyes wide open, and learn the strategies that will help you build a strong financial foundation for life.

  • How to find and analyze the homes you can actually afford (with a free Rent vs. Buy spreadsheet available for download!)
  • When to buy a house instead of renting—and what to look for and avoid
  • How to improve your financial fitness before your next big purchase
  • Which early decisions and steps will help you turn your first home into a future cash-flowing investment
  • Whether fixer-upper houses and home renovations are really worth it
  • How to choose a real estate agent and a lender who have your best interests in mind
  • An expert’s view of the housing market and buying process—from loan pre-approval to submitting offers, home inspections, closing, and everything in between!
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Customer Rating and Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
david l. (Santa Ana, CA)
First time home buyer

Great book to read and gives me a foundation of moving out and how to prepare for the house purchase reserve.

Shenel T. (Sacramento, CA)
Helpful even for agents!

I haven't finished the book yet, but after reading just a few chapters I have found this book to be full of helpful information, of which I have even benefited from as a real estate agent!

Ryan H. (Roseville, CA)

First-Time Home Buyer

Nuria (Dublin, L)
Excellent book

Great book

Rochelle E. (Omaha, NE)
Excellent read

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

About the Authors

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.