Tricia Auberle, director of the Oklahoma Homebuyer Education Association in Oklahoma City.  File photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman.
Tricia Auberle, director of the Oklahoma Homebuyer Education Association in Oklahoma City. File photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman.

Smart Tips for First-Time Buyers

Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Worried about making missteps on the way to your first home? Learn the common mistakes first-time buyers make – and how to avoid them.
 

Buying a house is an investment every individual and family wants to make. But buyers should realize that their first home may not be the home they’re going to live in forever.

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