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.
Mom to: Honey (6/04) and Bunny (9/09)