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#1 of 2 Old 04-04-2013, 12:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Aside from the financial aspects, how did you know you were ready to commit to home ownership, and do you think you did a good job of evaluating the emotional and personal aspects of home ownership?

We are beginning these talks in my home, and we're just not sure. I hear a LOT of things on this topic, but I'm not sure i agree that you really need to have ALL of that figured out before buying a home (just like you don't really need to follow one specific path to parenting).

What actually affected your experience as a first time homeowner, and what could have prepared you for that?

(And don'tt worry-- we are looking into finances as well, I just feel like I have lots of resources for that already and very few on this topic! )

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This was definitely a "figure it out as we go" kind of thing. My mom was a realtor at the time and our parents let us live with them until we bought our house and got married pretty much at the same time. So we saved our money for a down payment, wedding, furniture, etc. It cost about the same amount to own as it did to rent, so we decided to put the money into a house. Our parents were a big help with all of the maintenance issues, my dad with painting and dh's dad with yard work, plumbing (though my dh is the better plumber now). We have a book that dh uses to look up home repair stuff and you can find youtube videos on just about any type of repair you can imagine. But yeah- we figured it a=out as we went along. I wish we had realized that bigger isn't always better when it comes to houses. We chose a 5 bedroom house in a district that was pretty good, but wish we would have gone with a 3 bedroom in a really awesome district.

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