Buying a home can be challenging for a first-timer. After all, there are so many steps, tasks, and requirements, and you may be anxious about making an expensive mistake. But first-time homebuyers actually enjoy some special advantages created to encourage new entrants into the real estate market.

To demystify the process so you get the most out of your purchase, here is a rundown of what you need to consider before you buy and what you can expect from the buying process itself, plus tips to make life easier after you buy your first home.

  1. How’s your financial health?
  2. Which type of home will best suit your needs?
  3. Which specific features do you want your ideal home to have?
  4. How much mortgage do you qualify for?
  5. How much home can you actually afford?
  6. Who will help you find a home and guide you through the purchase?