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Tips for the first time home buyer

Shopping for a new home for the first time? Here are some resources and tips that can help you through your decision-making process.

Thinking About a New Home?

Buying a Home

Buying a Home

There are advantages and disadvantages to buying or renting homes. What should be considered when looking for a home? Learn how to search for a home and what to consider when financing.

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

Every neighborhood has something different to offer. The trick is to figure out what matters to you and then learn how to find a good neighborhood that’s the best possible match.

How to Navigate the Process as a First Time Home Buyer

How to Navigate the Process as a First Time Home Buyer

Buying a home for the first time can be daunting.

House Hunting

House Hunting

House hunting, getting a mortgage and prequalifying for a mortgage loan takes some research and thought to avoid wasting time and expensive risks.

Do You Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy a Home

Do You Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy a Home

The answer for both buyers and sellers is more complicated than a simple yes or no. These five questions can help you sort out the decision.

House Shopping: Rent vs. Buy?

House Shopping: Rent vs. Buy?

Weigh the pros and cons to determine which is best for you.

Home Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Home Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Avoid making these home buying mistakes whether you are a first time home owner or a veteran home buyer.

What to Know Before You Buy That Fixer-Upper

What to Know Before You Buy That Fixer-Upper

Buying a fixer-upper? Be sure you know what you are getting yourself into as you renovate your home after purchase.

Looking For a Mortgage

Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Learn the differences between a fixed rate mortgage vs an adjustable rate mortgage in order to make your decision.

Home Inspection: What’s Included and Not?

Home Inspection: What’s Included and Not?

A home inspector can help make sure your dream home won't be a nightmare. Also learn what to expect before the inspection.

About the Home Buying Process

About the Home Buying Process

Financial savings and life considerations may contribute to your to-dos for home buying.

Closing Documents to Keep After Closing

Closing Documents to Keep After Closing

A guide to the closing documents you should keep after you buy your house and and what you can get rid of.

Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

Prepare by budgeting for the other charges and costs associated with buying a home, even if you’ve bought before.

Moving Tips

The Ins and Outs of Moving Insurance

The Ins and Outs of Moving Insurance

Your belongings probably aren't covered while in transit, so consider getting coverage.

How to Pack a Storage Unit and Protect What's Stored in Them

How to Pack a Storage Unit and Protect What's Stored in Them

Tips for selecting a rental storage unit, packing personal possessions, and how to protect everything.

Moving? Don't Forget to Make Insurance Changes Too

Moving? Don't Forget to Make Insurance Changes Too

Before you move, you should move insurance by talking with your agent. Read why transferring insurance is so important.

Questions to Ask if You're Considering Downsizing

Questions to Ask if You're Considering Downsizing

Questioning whether downsizing your home is the right choice? This video will answer all your questions before you decide to downsize.

Insurance Articles to Consider

7 Moments When You Should Check Your Insurance

7 Moments When You Should Check Your Insurance

Insurance protects you, your family, and your property, but it can only do its job if it's up to date.

What To Consider When Choosing a Beneficiary

What To Consider When Choosing a Beneficiary

What factors should you consider when choosing a beneficiary?

Four Reasons for Getting Life Insurance

Four Reasons for Getting Life Insurance

Life insurance is often thought of as a way to protect loved ones by providing for final expenses, estate taxes, etc. But let's think beyond that. Who else depends on you and your income?

What Is Life Insurance

What Is Life Insurance

From how it works to how much you need, get your life insurance questions answered here.

Is Life Insurance Worth It?

Is Life Insurance Worth It?

Deciding if life insurance is worth buying starts with looking at what’s important to you and how you want to protect it.

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Here are some of the main factors to consider when you start thinking about the people & assets you want to protect & how long you want to protect them.

How to Create a Home Inventory

How to Create a Home Inventory

A home inventory can expedite insurance claims process after theft, damage or loss.

How To Be Prepared For Home Insurance Reviews

How To Be Prepared For Home Insurance Reviews

The next time you need to renew your insurance policies, consider taking these steps to make sure you have the proper coverage for your property.

Insurance Questions to Ask Your Agent

Insurance Questions to Ask Your Agent

Insurance needs are ever-changing — which means you probably have questions. Here are 5 that are important to ask.

What if Insurance Is Not Enough to Cover Damages?

What if Insurance Is Not Enough to Cover Damages?

You may want to consider a personal article insurance or personal liability insurance policy to help protect your possessions, home and future earnings.

Personal property and casualty insurance

Personal property and casualty insurance

What is Personal Property and Casualty Insurance? Learn more information on automobile, homeowners, watercraft, condo, renters and more.

Tips for Home Maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance Essentials, Inside and Out

Spring Home Maintenance Essentials, Inside and Out

Get ready for spring by adding these indoor and outdoor tasks to your routine.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Autumn home maintenance projects, such as cleaning gutters and checking your heating system, help you prepare for winter weather.

DIY Tips for Winterizing Your Home

DIY Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home to protect against snow and freezing temps can help withstand the ups, downs of winter.

Summer Maintenance for Your Home

Summer Maintenance for Your Home

It may be vacation time, but it's also the right time for these home repairs and fixes.

What Not to Store in the Garage

What Not to Store in the Garage

Wondering what not to store in the garage? Some items might surprise you. Learn more about what can stay and what should be stored elsewhere.

What Not To Store In The Basement

What Not To Store In The Basement

Finished and unfinished basement storage can be tricky. Follow a few rules to make sure you keep the right things in your home’s lower level.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.