When you start making your 'home buying' list, at the same time start making a list of things around the house that you will have to now take care on your own. If that second list doesn't scare you, if you have enough savings for a down payment, and if your credit score allows you to qualify for a loan, then you are halfway to being a house owner.
Quick tip: visit as many open houses as you can, even if you know that the price is too high for you from the very beginning. It's a great way to find out what you would like to have in your house, and what you definitely don't want.
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