Start with the right first step!

"Outstanding! I wish I had this book during my first home purchase or any of the three thereafter"
David T Applegate II, MD

“Simultaneously informative, engaging and entertaining. Michael Trickey speaks to the audience of young home buyers with wit and intelligence. Get this book and then get into your own home. You will be glad you did.”
Sean Low
President, The Business of Being Creative, and Recent Homebuyer

“Finding Home is the most comprehensive guide to home ownership available, covering both the practical and the psychological aspects of buying and owning your piece of the American dream. A must-read for the inexperienced and the experienced alike!”
Steven Herrmann
CFP, ChFC, Mass Mutual Financial Group

“Finding Home is a powerful tool and insightful guide that is a must-have for not only millennials, but anyone who is looking for a successful transition from renting to home ownership! Michael Trickey has laid the groundwork to home ownership in a step-by-step process that is easy to read and understand. The wisdom and guidance he provides is invaluable not only to the first-time homebuyer, but to anyone who is in the process of acquiring a new home!”
Nathan Justice
Mortgage Underwriting Operations Director, Cognitive Options Group, LLC

In this book,

you will find insights and tips for first time home buyers and seasoned investors alike. It is a guide that you can reference any time questions arise, and it incorporates new attitudes, technologies, laws, demographic trends, environmental concerns, and economic realities. Recognizing that changes in these  areas are nonstop, I have created this companion website that includes updates, answers to frequently asked questions, an extensive glossary, recommended websites, calculators, downloadable forms, and more.

You will gain knowledge on:

  • Knowing what you can Afford
  • Prioritizing your needs and wants
  • Managing your credit
  • Exploring homes and locations
  • Getting a Mortgage Loan
  • Making an Offer

And so much more…

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Get to Know the Author

I am an active participant in the residential and commercial real estate markets, both as a consultant to others and for my own use and investment. I purchased my first condo thirty-seven years ago. Since then, I have acquired single-family homes, duplexes, multi-unit flats, apartment buildings, and commercial buildings.

I earned my MBA in financial management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. I obtained less formal but equally enlightening education completing real estate transactions, where I made mistakes as well as had many good experiences employing tools and techniques we will explore together.

As a CPA, with forty years of experience working in the financial services industry, I worked for publicly traded mortgage lending institutions for nearly fifteen years, half of which time I was a chief financial officer. In 1998, I left the big corporate world and formed a consulting firm called the Berkshire Group LP, which is based in a Chicago suburb. Berkshire Group has been providing advisory services to banks and other financial firms dealing with mortgage loans since 1998. We also manage residential real estate, invest in mortgage loans and real estate tax liens, and track and analyze monthly activity on over 100 million mortgage loans.

I have written a second book in the Finding Home series. It is called Finding Home Over 50: Achieving Your Housing Needs and Life List Dream In Retirement. You can find the companion website for the second book at