"I want to buy my first house! Where do I begin?"

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Last week I talked to a friend of a friend about buying his first home. It's one of my favorite Real Estate conversations to have. The excitement is real, and contagious, and I love being a (huge) part of this journey. You can only buy your first home once after all! 

I'd like to buy a house Andrea. I have paid off most of my debt, I have been saving up money but I don't know what my first step should be. I have never done this before. Where do I begin? 

I am so glad you asked! Your best bet in making your first home buying journey a successful one is by asking all the questions - you can never ask too many by the way - and by being prepared. There's so much to learn, take care of and pay attention to.

Congratulations! Although you don't realize it you have already taken the first and most important step! You decided to buy a house. That is how the story begins! 

Steps to buying your first home in Silver Spring, MD and beyond

  • Consult: we'll meet to discuss your wish list, needs, wants and timeframe in more detail and come up with a game plan. What is your current situation? Where do you see yourself in a year from now? In five years? What do you like? What do you need? Where do you want to be? Are there any other decision makers? What neighborhood amenities are important to you? Where do you work and how do you get there? 

  • Team building: we'll identify and connect you to the right-for-you lender. I'll gladly share my short list of loan officers my clients and I have only had great experiences with. Identifying your price-range and having a pre-approval letter in hand is a must before we can begin looking at homes. We'll also discuss title companies, inspectors and insurance agents, all should become part of your trusted team. When things need to happen fast, or there are contract hurdles to navigate, we must know who to turn to and trust that they got you as much as I do!

  • Review: we'll go over all the paperwork. I will email you sample docs needed to make an offer. It's important that you familiarize yourself with it beforehand, so we are ready to knock out the paperwork when we find the one and the offer deadline is just moments away (it happens). We will clarify all that seems confusing, make sure you understand the different contingencies and we'll discuss different offer scenarios & strategies.

  • Connect: I'll text you a link to the Homesnap App. Collaboration is the most efficient way to home search and to never miss the newest listing that checks many of your boxes. All the info is accessible with just a click or a swipe: property info, location, school, taxes, listing history, disclosures... You will be able to alert me to any homes that pique your interest directly within the app and vice versa. If you prefer, I'll do all the searching for you, or you can begin browsing for Homes for Sale on my website.

  • Hunt: Now that you understand the process, have assembled your team and your preapproval letter in hand, are well aware of your must-haves and deal breakers, have identified your preferred location(s) & commute pain threshold, and we've teamed up on Homesnap, we'll begin hunting for the one. 

Congratulations! I don't know who is more excited, you or me! You have already begun writing your first Real Estate story.. let's make your ending a happy one!

Steps to buying first home in Maryland

P.S. I am an ABR® (Accredited Buyer Representative). That simply means that your (first) home buying experience is so important to me that I have taken additional classes and completed specialized training. I am committed to delivering the best buyer presentation services. I am fluent in Real Estate (and German).

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Thompson Company, REALTORS®

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, Maryland, who has excelled at assisting buyers and sellers locally and globally since 2004. She always answers the phone with a smile, is fluent in Real Estate & German, pro preservation, and passion & coffee fueled. 

Ready to fall in love? Then let's get started on writing your unique Real Estate story. Happy ending guaranteed. Click here to begin!


*All photographs are my own. Please get in touch prior to using any of my images and/or original content. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Comments (13)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, your friend is in excellent hands, and know you will guide them professionally through a transaction.

Oct 19, 2021 09:36 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Andrea - if your clients follow your plan above they are going to succeed.

Oct 19, 2021 09:50 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you very much Joan Cox, I do enjoy the process very much and always strive for a happy ending! 

Oct 19, 2021 01:09 PM
Tony Busanich
TD Bank - Freehold, NJ

Hi Andrea, great post, nice graphics and I love the information. I agree the best way to buy a home is to get organized and have a plan. 


Oct 19, 2021 01:10 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

It's a lot of talking and preparation upfront Grant Schneider but I firmly believe that it is the roadmap to a Happy Closing Day! 

Oct 19, 2021 01:11 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Tony Busanich, I appreciate your comment! I like for my clients to be well prepared so that they can confidently make their offer(s). 

Oct 19, 2021 02:02 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Whoever wants to buy their first home is in good hands with you.  Happy Tuesday. A

Oct 19, 2021 05:19 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Alexandra!

Oct 20, 2021 05:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - the "want" is an important step and it goes along with proper preparation when first time buyers become property owners.  

Oct 20, 2021 03:33 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a really nice graphic showing the process and trusting you to guide them through the process is the best decision for them to make.

Oct 20, 2021 05:28 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Good morning Michael Jacobs! Making the decision to buy is the most important step and how the story begins. I love being able to help write the other chapters - and the happy ending.

Oct 20, 2021 05:47 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Brian England, I plan on passing it on as a handy reference to my first time Maryland home buyers.  

Oct 20, 2021 05:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share with prospective first time home buyers.

Oct 20, 2021 09:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Andrea- beautifully illustrated post!!!   The smartest thing your new buyer did was speak with you. It's what every buyer needs to do. Work with someone who can guide you through the process. There's so much to take in, it's hard to know where to start. 

Oct 20, 2021 10:59 AM