A reminder that Curbed's first-ever Rookie Roosts week—in which the murky, oft-terrifying world of first-time homebuying will be explored ad infinitum across the network—kicks off today. On the local blogs, that means: chocked-full maps and guides for first-time buyers, neighborhood tips and advice, and reports from the front lines of buying property for the first time. Here on Curbed National, look for starter homes for the House of the Day and, starting Thursday, a nationwide contest to find the worst first-time homebuying experience out there. Which means now's the time to send in those horror stories—think auction purchases gone awry, back taxes backlash, shady home inspectors, and brokers with a Pinocchio-like sense of the truth—for a chance to wine a $2,500 gift card to the home store of your choice. Go on, the tip line's open.
· All Rookie Roosts 2012 posts [Curbed National]