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How do you know who to trust for home-buying advice?
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59 months ago

We are only interested in solutions from solvers who have purchased a home and have a mortgage or are planning to purchase a home in the next 12 months and apply for a mortgage and are located in Canada, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Buying a home is a commitment many of us think through repeatedly. We ask family and friends for opinions. We do hours of online research. We speak with bankers, financial advisors, realtors, and anyone who will listen. 

But whose advice should you trust? For a first-time homebuyer, it can be hard to figure out. That's especially true when you get conflicting information, or when your friends and family may not have been through the home buying process in many years. We want your thoughts on the advice you have received in the home buying process, both good and bad.


Tell us about who you went to for home buying advice and how you felt about the guidance you received. Specifically, answer the following questions in detail:

  1. What valuable advice did you receive about buying your first home? Who gave it to you? How did you know you could trust that person's advice?
  2. What makes someone a mortgage expert? Who comes to mind when you think of someone being a mortgage expert?
  3. How would you prefer to connect with mortgage experts? Describe the experience in detail.
  4. Who do you turn to for home buying advice, and why?

REMINDER: We are only interested in solutions from homeowners with mortgages or people expecting to buy a home and obtain a mortgage in the next 12 months. Only solvers in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States will be eligible for rewards. 

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Submission Quality
Reward Tiers
40 Winners
will receive $20 each
$20.00 Alec Dolan UCF
$20.00 Jay Singh University of British Columbia
$20.00 Alexander Scott Pennsylvania State University
$20.00 Kate Szan University of Connecticut
$20.00 Jennifer Miller Walden University
$20.00 Katie McMullen University of Wisconsin
$20.00 Matthew Gaiser Queen's University
$20.00 Monique Viau Michigan State University
$20.00 Robert Carmona University of Toronto
$20.00 Gunvir Kalra Queen's University
$20.00 K M University of Calgary
$20.00 Nicholas Klimowicz Oregon State University
$20.00 Dyllan Hancott Yorkville University
$20.00 Bella Rubin CUNY Queens College
$20.00 J C University of Alberta
$20.00 Carlyn Carlos University of Central Florida
$20.00 Jakob Starks University of Central Florida
$20.00 Sara Howard Penn Foster
$20.00 Neha Pasricha Georgia Institute of Technology
$20.00 Chris Dudley The College of William & Mary
$20.00 Brian Wynder Ursinus College
$20.00 Faheem Vellore University of Arkansas - Little Rock
$20.00 Shantel Michelle Havard University
$20.00 Saul Torres University of Central Florida
$20.00 Luis Castro Montero Penn Foster
$20.00 Xaand Bancroft Ottawa
$20.00 Hayward Chan University of Toronto
$20.00 David Tilisho Oxford University
$20.00 M I
$20.00 McCartney K University of California at Berkeley
$20.00 Ram Dulari Maurya
$20.00 Kunal Sajnani Kaplan University
$20.00 smith leornad Arizona State University
$20.00 tommy huynh University of Central Florida
$20.00 Renata Falesnikova Heriot Watt
$20.00 erik reilly University of Central Florida
$20.00 Andres Diaz University of Central Florida