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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

Being a first time home buyer can be daunting.

Secrets for Successful House Hunting Start with a Plan

Secrets for Successful House Hunting Start with a Plan

Before you begin the search to buy a home, spend time thinking through the issues.

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.

7 Big Home-Buying Blunders and How to Avoid Them

7 Big Home-Buying Blunders and How to Avoid Them

Ready to become a homeowner? Be sure to avoid these first-time buyer mistakes.

What to Know Before You Buy That Fixer-Upper

What to Know Before You Buy That Fixer-Upper

Will this handyman's special be worth the effort? Here are some aspects to consider before a home purchase.

Looking For a Mortgage

Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Fixed Rate Mortgage vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Which type may be best for you?

What's included and not included in a home inspection

What's included and not included in a home inspection

It's important to get a home inspection before signing the papers on a new house.

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 home-buying and how they affect you

Hidden costs of home-buying and how they affect you

Even if it's not your first time buying, budget extra and know fees can vary by area.

Moving Tips

Tips for Packing, Moving, or Storing Your Possessions

Tips for Packing, Moving, or Storing Your Possessions

If you're moving, it's time to plan, gather packing supplies, purge, and pack all your belongings.

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.

Contain Yourself: An Easier and Cheaper Way to Move

Contain Yourself: An Easier and Cheaper Way to Move

Why not allow people who are moving to pack the rental truck on their own schedule?

Moving? Don't Forget to Make Insurance Changes Too

Moving? Don't Forget to Make Insurance Changes Too

Find out if you just transfer insurance to the new address or if you need new coverage.

5 Questions to Ask if You Are Considering Downsizing

5 Questions to Ask if You Are Considering Downsizing

How to decide if downsizing is right for you.

Insurance Articles to Consider

Insurance needs for major life events.

Insurance needs for major life events.

Learn About Insurance Updates You May Need When You Experience Major Life Events

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.

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

From your income to your children’s future education, here’s what to consider when you buy life insurance.

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.

Should You Get Personal Insurance?

Should You Get Personal Insurance?

You may want to opt for personal liability or one of the other personal insurance options.

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.

Essential Autumn Home Maintenance Checks

Essential Autumn Home Maintenance Checks

Autumn home maintenance projects, such as cleaning gutters and checking your heating system, help you get prepared 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.