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ActiveRain April Challenge…Tell Us About YOUR First Home Buying Experience


Most of us have purchased at least one home in our lives. Some still live in the first home they bought…raised their family there and it is where holiday dinners are held. 


Others have made many home purchases in their lives…moving out of state, for lifestyle changes, moving up, right-sizing…and the list goes on. 


But one thing we all have in common is the experience of purchasing our very first home. 


Our blogs cover what to do when purchasing a home, they discuss hiring a buyer’s agent, getting pre-approved for a mortgage, the home inspection, moving, etc. It’s the usual information we want our readers to know. 


This month Carol Williams and I are hosting the April  Challenge. It focuses on YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME.


People want to relate to the person they’re working with. The Market Reports are interesting, useful, and important, however, this challenge asks you to share with your readers about your first home-buying experience. 



For example…

-What made you decide to buy your first home?

-If you worked with an agent, what was your experience like? (I’ve talked to some people who went into real estate because they had such a bad experience with an agent)

-What would you have done differently?

-What was the overall shopping experience like for you?

-Did it take you a long time to find your home? Did you have to look at several homes or did you find it right away?

-Were there any unexpected benefits to buying your first home? 

Were you surprised by:

  1. The amount of paperwork involved in the buying process.
  2. The amount of money needed for closing costs.
  3. The cost of homeowners insurance.
  4. Maintenance and repair costs.
  5. The importance of a good inspection.
  6. The impact of location on property value.
  7. The importance of shopping around for a mortgage.

These are all suggestions…let’s hear YOUR story. 

Share your story with us, in your own words.  No Chat GPT, Please!!



-Challenge begins April 1, 2023, and ends April 30, 2023 midnight PST

-Post should have 300 words and include at least one photo or video

-All work should be original

-Post a link to your entry in the comment section of this post.

-1500 points will be awarded for your entry after the end of the challenge


Let’s have some fun with this. We’ve all had our first home-buying experiences! 


Carol and I will share ours if you share yours!!!

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Comments (76)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for the fun challenge, Carol Williams and Kathy Streib.  It brought back some very good memories for me.

Our First Home.  A Labor of Love

Apr 22, 2023 11:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Loved it Ray Henson   It sounds as if your first neighborhood was one that we all would love to live in!!!  And MM is very supportive. 

Apr 22, 2023 02:26 PM
Ray Henson

Thank you, Kathy Streib!

Apr 23, 2023 07:27 AM
Carol Williams

Great share, Ray Henson 
The first home is always special. Thanks for participating in our April Challenge.

Apr 23, 2023 08:44 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you, Carol Williams.

Apr 24, 2023 06:27 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kathy and Carol, here's my entry for the April Challenge.  I hope you two are having a pleasant weekend.

Remembering My First Time

Apr 22, 2023 06:12 PM
Carol Williams

What a fun flashback to your first home, Myrl Jeffcoat . Thanks for participating in our Challenge.

Apr 27, 2023 06:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat I loved reading your post and thank goodness for your agent/friend show suggested you buy a house he saw. 

May 01, 2023 03:27 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy thank you to you and Carol for hosting this challenge this month.  Below is the link to my entry.

My First Home

Apr 25, 2023 01:42 PM
Carol Williams

Thanks, George Souto for participating in our Challenge. I bet having to replace the furnace within 2 months was a big hit to the pocket book.

Apr 27, 2023 06:59 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto thank you for participating. I wonder if you would still be in the same home if you had not taken the job with Material Handling Company. 

May 01, 2023 03:24 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Here's the link to my post for the April AR Challenge

OUR FIRST HOUSE and the experience leading up to it

Apr 26, 2023 07:53 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Doug Dawes 
It's amazing you are still in your first home!  Thanks for participating in our challenge this month.

Apr 28, 2023 08:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Doug Dawes I loved reading your post. I also am a bit envious of the fact that this is your forever home. 

May 01, 2023 03:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I just scheduled my post for Saturday. I will need to remember to post a link. You made me recall some good memories of long ago.

Apr 27, 2023 10:53 AM
Carol Williams

We look forward to reading your entry, Roy Kelley.

Apr 28, 2023 09:00 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Hey Kathy and Carol Williams what a great topic for a monthly challenge. Here is my entry 😀

First Time Home Buyer- My First Home and My American Dream


Apr 27, 2023 04:00 PM
Carol Williams

Thanks so much for participating in our Challenge this month, Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI. It's been a fun flashback for many of us.

Apr 28, 2023 08:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI thank you for participating.  I've loved reading the stories because it brought back memories for what it was like to buy a home back then. 

May 01, 2023 03:16 PM
Kieran Jackson
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor®, SFR, U.S. Army Veteran

This is a great topic! My first home buying experience was as a buyer's agent representing a client. And WOW, I can't remember which house/transaction it was. And this was in 2010. I'm going to have to look through my files to remember.

All the best,

Kieran Jackson, CA DRE 01903647
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills


Apr 28, 2023 09:12 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Kieran,
We'd love to hear about the first home you purchased for YOU.

Apr 29, 2023 09:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD
Apr 29, 2023 03:08 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks for participating in our challenge, Roy Kelley 

Apr 29, 2023 09:10 PM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I am so happy that you shared the story of your first home with us. I googled your address and loved the home. 

May 01, 2023 03:12 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and here in my first home blog https://activerain.com/droplet/HsQQ  Long time ago.


Apr 29, 2023 08:59 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Will Hamm 
Thanks for sharing your first home purchase story.

Apr 29, 2023 09:10 PM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm so happy that you participated!   We didn't buy our first home until 1980!!!!   

May 01, 2023 03:09 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Ladies, Here is my entry for Buying My First Home in Aurora, Colorado.

Apr 29, 2023 09:43 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks for participating in our April Challenge, Jerry Newman !

Apr 29, 2023 09:11 PM
Kathy Streib

Jerry Newman as I said before, very happy yo u're back in Texas. 

May 01, 2023 03:08 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Nothing like the memories of your first house. Here's mine.

I Drive By My First Home Whenever I Am In Town

Apr 29, 2023 03:00 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 
It was fun reading your story. Thanks for participating.

Apr 29, 2023 09:11 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 thank you for participating. When I saw that photo, it looked just l like the first home of our friends in KS. 

May 01, 2023 03:07 PM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO

Here is my entry for the April Challenge:

  We Finally Bought a House! 1988

Thank you for the challenge!

Apr 29, 2023 07:15 PM
Carol Williams

Hi Ann Hayden 636-399-7544 
That was a fun flashback to the past, wasn't it? Thanks for participating in our April Challenge.

Apr 29, 2023 09:12 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Ann Hayden 636-399-7544 thank you for participating. It has been so much fun reading about everyone's first homes. 

May 01, 2023 03:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy Streib and Carol Williams here is my entry to the April Challenge... Buying My Dream NYC Coop In My Dream NYC Building.

Apr 30, 2023 06:36 AM
Carol Williams

Thanks for your wonderful entry into our April Challenge, Nina Hollander, Broker

Apr 30, 2023 07:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker  I knew that your story would not disappoint and it went above and beyond. 

May 01, 2023 03:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Carol Williams and Kathy Streib 

May 01, 2023 03:18 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Hello Kathy Streib and Carol Williams -- here is my April Challenge Entry -- My First HOME BUYING Experience in West Allis, WI

Apr 30, 2023 04:53 PM
Kathy Streib

Diana Dahlberg I loved your story and thank you so much for participating.    We had an ARM once when rates were high and we knew that we would not be staying in the home for more than a few years. It worked out well. 

May 01, 2023 03:02 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Kathy Streib I did not even know what an ARM was back then, and no one explained it to me.  I just thought that was what everyone had.  The worst part was I put 19% DOWNPAYMENT with an FHA!  Crazy?  Just shows how important a little knowledge can mean.

May 02, 2023 06:41 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO

Carol Williams ,

It was good to remember the first one.

Thank you.


Apr 30, 2023 06:25 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Here's my entry---what a great contest. Praying, Buying Our First Silicon Valley Home in 1996.


Apr 30, 2023 06:58 PM
Kathy Streib

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900 what a fun story!  You are blessed to have had your mother and God as  your guides. 

May 01, 2023 02:57 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hey there, Carol Williams  & Kathy!

I have NO idea why I couldn't tag you both on my post but, here it is - just for the record books!


Thank you again, so very much, for hosting this month's challenge. You're the BEST!

Apr 30, 2023 08:32 PM
Kathy Streib

Debe Maxwell, CRS I enjoyed your post and love that you got your beautiful lake home. 

May 01, 2023 02:48 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Literally under the wire! I looked all month for the few photos that I have and cannot find them so had to go online. If I find mine, I will update with the actual photos.

Don't Envy The Homeowner...Be One!


Apr 30, 2023 11:54 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I don't know where my previous comment disappeared to but here is a retry on the link, first link did not work.

Don't Envy The Homeowner...Be One!!


Apr 30, 2023 11:57 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Diana- just read your post and loved it. It looks like you were very lucky and had an agent who could guide you. 

May 01, 2023 02:45 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Holy Holy Holy .... where did April go?  

Darn, I missed this one.  


May 01, 2023 08:32 AM