Madison Area First Time Home Buyers Guide

You're Buying your First Home!

Congratulations on your big decision! Each year we help many first-time home buyers achieve their dream of home ownership. Whether you're seeking a home or a condo, our entire team is here to serve you with all of the time, attention, and resources you need to start building equity and start making memories in your new home. 

Buying Your Home in 3 Simple Steps:

Step 1

 Schedule your initial consultation with our team. 

Step 2

Obtain your mortgage pre-approval with a trusted local lender. 

Step 3

We'll tour properties together, negotiate your offer and inspection, and close on your home!


Gain insight and knowledge.

Learn more about the market and the home buying process, and without any of the spin. We're constantly refreshing our market blog and buyers blog with timely updates and practical tips. 

Madison WI Home Buying Tips 

More First Time Tips

1) Choose a full-time buyer specialist. 

Someone who knows the inventory of homes and condos in the Madison area, and who will represent your best interests until the day you receive your keys at the closing table. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find the very best home for your needs, at the very best possible price.

Education is an important key for many first time home buyers. When you hire us to help you buy your home, we provide you with educational resources that will teach you about both the home purchase and mortgage process. Our goal is to make sure you become knowledgeable and comfortable with every step along the way.

2) Work with a lender who is a good fit for your needs. 

One of your very first steps in your journey toward home ownership should include a visit with an experienced, Madison area lender. We can refer you to a lender who has the experience and background that are a great fit for your needs. When you meet with your lender, you'll want to learn about the variety of home loan programs that are available to you, including mortgage products that are designed specifically for first time home buyers. You'll also want to receive your mortgage preapproval, so you know how large a loan you can comfortably afford.

3) Work with the right home inspector. 

A home inspector will complete a thorough review of your property before you go ahead with your purchase. An inspection typically lasts about 3 hours, and we attend your inspection with you. A quality home inspector will identify any defects that could potentially affect the value and safety of your home. When your inspector does find defects, we help you negotiate your desired outcome with the seller.

A home inspection also offers you a great opportunity to learn about home maintenance and how to care for your home over the long-term. A good home inspector will share their knowledge about proper home maintenance, and provide tips on how you can avoid costly repair bills down the road.

4) Work with a team of buyer experts that always puts your best interests first. 

From the first interview that determines your requirements to the moment that you receive your keys, we guide you through the entire process, step-by-step. Please contact us with all of your concerns and questions. We are here to answer all of your questions for you, and help you become comfortable with the home-buying process. 


Buying your First Home with Mad City Dream Homes

Learn from our client, Carolyn, who shares her experience. 


Our Results

In the last 5 years we've helped over 500 families and dozens of first-time buyers with their real estate purchase in South Central Wisconsin. 

(Our home buying specialists serve Dane County and surrounding areas.)


First Time Buyer Reviews

"My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Max Woods to purchase our first home! He was so patient and helpful throughout the entire process. He was always quick to respond to questions or requests for showings." -- Jamie 

"Shelley Lazzareschi was a dream to work with! My partner and I just closed on our first condo after years of renting. She was attentive, supportive, and always willing to share her wealth of knowledge. We couldn’t be more grateful for her guidance!" -- Hannah 

"Working with Chris Venden was a great experience as a first time home buyer! Chris walked us through the entire process which made it easy on us. Thank you so much, Chris! We love our new house. :) We look forward to working with you again in the future!" -- Mira

"I worked with Maureen Moran to buy my first ever home and am extremely grateful to her for being a trusted ally throughout the entire process and beyond. In working with her, you're not just getting an agent for a transaction but a resource you can count on for future real estate questions and needs you might have." - Jon

#1 rated real estate agency in Madison by Google users. 


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