I was just thinking that I need to write a blog post about this subject.
Buying a house for the first time can
be overwhelming, but be comforted by the fact that millions of people do it every year. My biggest advice: ask questions
. I was an unholy pest the first time we bought a house (and the second, actually), but I don't care. I wanted to be sure I understood things. Don't be afraid to call and ask questions or call to ask for updates on the schedule.
From my experience, everyone will drag their feet and then everything will come together in a flurry at the last minute. Then they'll expect you
to rush. Don't let yourself be rushed. When your signing the contract, look it over carefully. This is a Big Deal and you don't want any surprises. If you see anything strange, ask questions!
(Actually, I just remembered that I once shared the ongoing story of a reader who bought a house. You can read about her experiences starting here