By age 15, I’d probably been to more open houses than school field trips. My parents moved multiple times when I was growing up and always took me along the house hunting ride with Eileen, our esteemed realtor (and fancy lady) from Century 21.
That experience introduced me to the value of walk-in closets and eat-in kitchens and how to rough estimate the price of a home based on square footage and comparative sales in the neighborhood.
As I grew older, my interest (read: obsession) in real estate furthered. I bought my first home in my early 20s and subscribed to the weekend New York Times, mainly so I could receive the Real Estate section hot off the presses each Saturday morning.
It’s no surprise then that when I began my personal finance podcast So Money, I invited a number of real estate pros onto the show to offer their insights. Over the years, their advice has helped listeners (and me) with real estate transactions and strategizing our next moves.
Here are some of the highlights from my guest conversations that I think are especially useful for first-time buyers.