Advice for First time home buyers . Home buying 101.

Reblogger Debbie Reynolds
Real Estate Agent with Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

Is now the right time to buy? Read and decide for yourself.

Original content by Gita Bantwal

This is a great time to buy a house. Mortgage rates are still low and we have a good economy. 

If you are renting a home or thinking of buying a home read the articles  mentioned in this post.

Joan Cox has written a post that all renters should read . This will help you determine whether you should buy or continue to rent.

Should you buy or continue to rent?

Peter Mark has written a post that you should read.

How Much Can I afford.What Every Home Buyer needs to know.

 Nina Hollander has some great tips for home buyers in this post. FAQ.Ten Home Buying Myths to stop believing now.(If not sooner.)


If you are considering buying a rent to own home please read this post by Scott Godzyk. I do not recommend rent to own homes. It is better to save more money, improve your credit score and buy next year. 

The hard Truth about Rent to Own homes.

If you are thinking of buying new construction you should go to the model home with your agent. The agent at the model homes represents the builder. Read this great post by Sally and David Hanson.

The lure of shiny new construction... Careful what you catch.

Gene Mundt has written a post that is a must -read. 

Becoming a first time home buyer. How and where to begin.

Here are ten steps to buying a home in Bucks County this year .

Ten steps to buying a house this year. Step One. Cash saved to buy a house.

Ten Steps to buying a home this year. Step two.Get pre-qualified

Ten Steps to buying a house this year. Step Three.Make your wish list.

Ten Steps to buying a house this year. Step Four. Sign up with a buyer agent.

Ten steps to buying a home this year. Step Five. Preview homes

Ten Steps to Buying a House this year. Step Six.Make an Offer on a house.

Ten steps to Buying a Home this year. Step Seven. Negotiating.

Ten steps to Buying a House this year. Step Eight. Inspections. 

Ten Steps to Buying a House this Year. Step Nine. Applying for a Mortgage.

Ten Steps to Buying a House this Year. Step ten. Closing Escrow. Settlement.



When you make an offer on a house ask your agent to do a market analysis of the house.This post by Beth Atalay explains how you should decide on the offered price.

How Much should I Offer On a Home ?


If it is a seller's Market there may be a bidding war on the house. Lise Howe has written a great post about bidding wars.

Tips for Battling the Bidding War



You should do a final walk through before closing on the house. I prefer to have the buyers do the walk through on the day of closing. 

Here is a post by Barbara Altieri about the final walk through.

The final Walkthrough. When Why and How It is Done.

If you are thinking of buying a home in Bucks County call me, Gita Bantwal to be your buyer agent. I hold the ABR designation. I am an Accredited Buyer Representative.













































When you read about events please check the year for the event as some people find information a year later and think it is for that year. . The posts remain online even after the event.

Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site


She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email


 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.




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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

What a great choice for a repost - I love reading @Gita's blog posts and will go over and make a comment there! 

May 17, 2018 05:04 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Debbie. A great read for those on the fence. Enjoy your day!

May 17, 2018 05:18 AM #2
James Grant
Asheville, NC

Good Morning, Debbie. Thanks for sharing these post. I enjoy reading it all. Have a Nice Day!

May 17, 2018 06:29 AM #3
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debbie, this is a great choice to re-blog. Gita did an excellent job compiling posts for first-time buyers to check out. 

May 17, 2018 07:05 AM #4
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debbie, great post to reblog, and Gita is the REALTOR to contact in Bucks county!

May 17, 2018 07:43 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much, Debbie, for sharing this reblog selection.

May 18, 2018 07:16 AM #6
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging my post. I hope home buyers will read it.

May 18, 2018 11:17 AM #7
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