The Revealing Truth About Buying Your First Home


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As some of you may or may not have realised from odd little comments here and there, I am currently going through the process of buying our first home, and oh my goodness me, whoever said that Home buying is up there is the top most stressful things you can do, most definitely knew what they were talking about.

As we’re our just starting out on this journey (although the 2 months so far have felt like we’ve been at it forever) I thought I’d start a weekly post about what is happening with our new home – through the buying process – which is a bit snore but if there is anyone else out there first time buying it would be nice to know we aren’t alone in our frustrations and worries – to the fun part (hopefully) where we get to decorate and upcycle and make the place look beautiful and our own!

Before that though we’re still waiting to see any progress! Here’s a little diagram of what my head feels like at the moment:

thoughts on buying first homeIt’s a mish mash to say the least of worrying and pondering and wondering if anything is actually happening, or if people are just taking our money and then sitting back a twiddling their thumbs, which I’ll be honest is what it feels like! So far we have paid all the money we’ve been told to pay, arranged surveys, sent back paper work, and 2 months in I feel we are really no further forward than we were on that first day when we made the offer!

Here is a time line of how the last 2 months have progressedhouse buying time lineAs you can see from the timeline above, there have been various periods of over a week where absolutely nothing has happened followed by, not a lot more happening or it ending up being 2 steps forward, one step back.


When we originally put our offer in, on the 1st April, we were told that the vendor was keen to complete by the end of the month, if at all possible, so with this in mind – and having been told this by our Estate Agent, we went with the Solicitors that they recommended as we thought that this should hopefully speed up the process and result in the quick sale that the vendor was after.  After various mishaps in the last 2 months, this has turned out to be the worst decision possible, as it seems to have lead to more and more delays as it turned out the first lot were unable to do what they were needed to – so why on earth we were ‘recommended’ someone who couldn’t actually do the job at hand is beyond me!

If I were to do it all over again (and depending on what happens this may well be happening anyway) and if anyone is just starting out and umming and arring over what to do, I would find a local solicitor who we were able to go and see and sit and talk to, not someone who has been recommended but is 100s of miles away and are just working on commission rather than ability to do a job.

Anyway, that’s where we stand right now, I shall keep you posted on any updates this time next week. Fingers crossed for some movements.

Is anyone else just starting out on the journey of attempting to get on the property ladder, or have any stories they wish to share with those of us who may just be verging on the edges  of despair!

Speak Soon

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2 Comments on The Revealing Truth About Buying Your First Home

  1. Ellen
    June 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm (5 years ago)

    I know that exact feeling.

    Our offer was accepted on our first grown-up property on 22nd March and we used the solicitors recommended by the bank. We went with the bank’s recommendations, as my partner works for them.
    I could use a lot of naughty word of what I think about the solicitors, but will hold back. They finally did our envirosearch last week and didn’t explain why they recommended that we did further searches. If we wanted to find out why then we would have to pay them £75 to reply! Thankfully I made sure they knew my partner worked for the bank and things are moving faster now, so fingers crossed we’ll be in the property in July! (head hits table).

    Ellen x

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      June 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm (5 years ago)

      Wow fingers crossed for your July move!! I can’t believe how hard everyone seems to make it, especially the solicitors and just how much money they want to do the smallest of things!
      You’d hope that these companies would be recommending Solicitors based on their abilities, not based on getting more money from the recommendation, but I guess that is me being very naive!
      Hope everything moves along at a nice pace for you now, I’d love to hear when you’re finally in and it’s all been worthwhile!
      Nat x


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