What are you going to buy?Standard or deluxe?
Your first house can have most of the features you think you want ... plenty of space to roam, enough bathrooms to make sure no one ever has to hold it in, a backyard for BBQs. Depending on climate, you may want features that cut down on utility costs or other maintenance-related expenses. Go through our inventory list to fine-tune what you really need in a home – what's non-negotiable vs. optional for you.
Home CharacteristicsWhat can you afford?
How much house can you really handle? Since prices vary across the country, we're here to help you figure out how much you have to spend, as well as determine how much should be paid off each month.