Create a checklist of home features that you must have and determine what is really important to you in a home.
Evaluate your financials and stick to the budget
Research first-time home buyer assistance programs and see how they can help you with mortgage interest rates, down payment and closing costs. Here is a resource to help you find a program that works for you.
Don’t skip out on the home inspection! An inspection will give you more information on the state of the house and its potential issues so that you can make informed decisions and know that there will be no devastating surprises in the future.
Set up multiple meetings for a home you are interested in so you can get a sense of what it is like to live in the house long-term.
Get everything in writing to avoid future arguments and misunderstandings and make sure to keep a copy of these documents.
Understand and protect your privacy rights as a renter. Knowing your privacy rights will make it easier to protect yourself in the future.
Walkthrough the home with you landlord and record and existing damage to the property in order to protect your security deposit.