160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Buying that first house is usually a challenge. But help, both financial and educational, is available. You can find it on the Internet at lenders’ and local government agencies’ sites. Both also offer seminars for first-time buyers. The biggest task, though, is finding a house you can afford in this record-price environment. If possible, start your search before the summer buying season, which typically features the year’s highest prices. You may also have to choose a longer commute to achieve homeownership or search for a property that needs a makeover and do some of the work yourself. Here are some sites that offer assistance for first-time buyers.