Fred Griffin: First Time Home Buyers ask Very Different Questions than Seasoned Home Owners!

First Time Home Buyers ask Very Different Questions than Seasoned Home Owners!

     Working with First Time Home Buyers is completely different than working with Experienced Home Buyers.  The First Time Buyers ask Questions about everything!  Kathy Schowe provides some classic examples of the questions that a First Time Home Buyer might ask.  What are your thoughts?  Do you find the First Timers easier to work with, or more challenging, than the Experienced Buyers?


First Time Home Buyers ask very different Questions than Seasoned Home-Owners!

For most of my real estate career I have worked with second-home buyers who are seeking a vacation or seasonal home in the La Quinta, CA area near Palm Springs.  Last year I helped an investor purchase 22 homes and sold a couple of million-dollar homes as well.  All of these buyers had purchased many homes in the past and had extensive experience in buying property in California.  They were all familiar with the stack of documents, the inspections, the escrow process, and almost all of them paid cash.

Right now I am working with 2 First-Time Home buyers and it has been refreshing, eye-opening, and fun.  They ask very different questions than my other experienced buyers.  Here are some of them:

First time home buyers

* If a home is near the jail, will it effect the value?

* But Zillow said it was available!

* What is earnest money?


* What is a natural hazard?

* What is Mello-Roos?

* Can my friend do the inspection?

* How long do I have before I lose my deposit?

* What comes with the house?

* What is different in a bank-owned offer?

* What about taxes? What are tax reserves? 

* Do I need insurance?

* Will they fix that?

* What is a credit through escrow?

* What are my closing costs?

* When do I get my keys?


If you are working with First-Time Home buyers, be prepared to answer their questions, and to make their first time a special, stress-free, learning experience!

If you are a first-time buyer in the Palm Springs area, give me a call! You can begin your search at










Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

California Lifestyle Realty  California Lifestyle Realty                                               



Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    







Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.



Fred, after many years in this business I still enjoy working with first time homebuyers! I enjoy seeing their excitement, at the same time it keeps me sharp in reminding of things I sometimes tend to forget!

Posted by Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate, Certified Residential Specialist (ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES almost 7 years ago

Fred,  Thank you so much for the re-bog!  I love working with first time home buyers!   Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 7 years ago