But if you approach the process with your eyes open wide, you can shop with confidence and avoid costly mistakes. Learn as much as you can about home ownership and the real estate market before you begin your search. Take a crash course in home buying at Realtor.com's "First Time Home Buyer Basics" page.
Also, avoid the following mistakes that first time homebuyers commonly make.
Plan your own home tour using our listing guide.
Connect with one of our real estate experts
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