Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your first home:
1. Location, Location, Location - in Malibu that generally means proximity to PCH and killer ocean Views
2. Only things physically attached to the house are included. Things like washer/dryers, flat TV's, even some refrigerators are NOT included with the sale unless you specify them in your offer.
3. You have a contingency period to do all of your inspections. Don't skip them, they are critical so that there ARE NO surprises. Physical inspections, Geology, Septic, Roof, Chimney, etc. are all worth the money. If problems are found, you can either back out of the transaction or negotiate with the seller to fix them.
4. A home warranty is also important to prevent surprises, so have the seller buy you one when you write the offer.
If you have any other questions, or would like some assistance with your first-time purchase, please feel free to contact me anytime at (310) 403-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!