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Series: 10 questions every home buyer has — with Austin Schneider

Tim Lucas
Tim LucasThe Mortgage Reports Contributor

The Mortgage Reports and premier real estate agent Austin Schneider are teaming up to bring you a 10-week series on common questions all first-time home buyers ask.

Thinking of buying a home, but don’t know where to start? This series is for you. Tune in on your favorite channel — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and of course TheMortgageReports.com — to get your questions answered, such as:

  • What’s the first step to buying a home?
  • Should I buy a home or continue to rent?
  • How much mortgage can I qualify for?
  • What’s the difference between pre-qualified and pre-approved?
  • Should I buy a condo or a house?
  • How many houses should I look at before I make an offer?
  • What happens when my offer is accepted?
  • What is earnest money, when do I need it, and how much do I need?
  • How much should I put down on a house?
  • Do I need great credit to buy a home?

Feel like you’ve been putting off home buying for too long? This series will empower you finally get out there and make it happen. It’s not easy, so why do it alone? We’re here to help. No, really. If you’ve got a question, leave it in the comment section in YouTube. We’ll do our best to answer it for you.

So who is Austin Schneider? He’s a real estate agent in the Seattle with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. He also happens to be a home buyer educator and content creator — and a really nice guy, too.

Together with The Mortgage Reports, Austin will bring you answers to questions that you may think are basic — you might even be embarrassed to ask them — but are super-common first-time home buyer questions. Even experienced home buyers often ask these questions.

Look, buying real estate isn’t like buying a new mattress or even a car. This is a BIG purchase — perhaps the biggest of your life so far (except maybe your education, but that’s a topic for another day.) That’s why there are all sorts of factors you just don’t deal with in daily life: escrow, title companies, agents and loan officers, earnest money. Who knew there were so many things you knew nothing about.

Fortunately, the knowledge is out there. Or should I say, right here? Come back every Wednesday morning for the next 10 weeks for a new video. Until then, keep learning!

Tim Lucas

Managing Editor
The Mortgage Reports