Buying a home anywhere can seem overwhelming. My experience shows the best way is take it one step at a time.Think it through, decide whether you want the responsibility of a single family home that normally entails upkeep including yardwork, painting, fences. Many first ime buyers are used to renting where all those responsibilities and expenses are on somebody elses shoulders.A condominium or townhouse with monthly payments to a Homeowners Association takes care of all the exterior maintenance including the roof and any community amenities like pools, tennis courts, play areas for children. The next step is to have an honest talk with a reputable loan Officer to get pre-approved. There are many types of good loans available so be sure to discuss the pros and cons of each type. This should be done before you look at any homes. There is nothing worse than to fall in love with a house only to find it's out of your price range. That spoils you and every house you look at in your correct price range will be judged against your first "love"
Once you know you have your financing all lined up, you can start looking at homes. Call a Real Estate Broker that specializes in the area you are most interested in. Check out the areas to see how the commute to work would be and also the schools in the area. Each School District can provide you with info on how the schools scored.. Even if you don't have school age children the district will affect your resale value. Be prepared for a huge stack of papers to sign all thru the escrow period. Your Broker will go thru all the disclosures and inspection reports with you and if there are any unusual quirks help you decide if you can live with them. While you're doing all this paperwork, your Loan Officer will be getting all the final loan conditions ready so you can get your final loan documents. There are several more steps to finish up then the Deed will be recorded and you get your keys.