When it comes time to purchase your first home, plenty of professionals out there can give you guidance and advice--real-estate agents, attorneys, lenders, and inspectors, to name just a few. But one of the best ways to learn about the home-buying experience is to talk to somebody who's been through the process.
Somebody, for example, like Gary Parker.
Parker, a first-time homeowner, bought his house this past summer. The government's first time home buyer tax credit was the signal to him that the time was finally right. "There was a deadline coming up, and I made it just in time."
Along the way, he learned some valuable lessons about how to make a first-time home purchase go smoothly. What Works Now sat down with him in his new living room to find out how he handled the steps along the way and what advice he'd give to fellow first-timers.