Photo: Nan Palmeiro via flickr

Photo: Nan Palmeiro via flickr

Anyone who’s ever been through the home buying process knows one thing: It can be a little daunting. There’s countless paperwork, hundreds of forms to fill out, and lots of back-and-forth between you, your real estate agent, your lender, your home inspector, and a dozen other pros you meet along the way. If you’re not really on top of things, it can mean months in delays or, what’s worse, losing that dream home altogether.

Fortunately, with a little prep work, a few helping hands, and some good old communication, a smooth, easy home purchase really can be possible. Here’s how to do it:

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Moving might be the least of your worries if you're a first-time homebuyer in today's housing market.

Moving might be the least of your worries if you’re a first-time homebuyer in today’s housing market.

Every homebuyer faces a few hurdles along the way, but first-time buyers seem to have the most. Their inexperience, combined with a crowded market and sometimes time-consuming mortgage process, can make homebuying significantly more difficult for these new buyers.

Fortunately, if you’re a first-time homebuyer, the process can go smoothly. Simply study up on the all-too-common hurdles below and be prepared for the road ahead. You’ll find the perfect home in no time.

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