This may come as a surprise to some people, but at at 24 years old, I became a homeowner. That's right, I am officially responsible for a mortgage and everything else that comes along with owning a house.
Here's a little background..
After renting in three different locations, I decided to make the investment and buy a house. But, let me tell you, it was no easy task. I started my search in January 2016 and didn't close on my house until June 2016! I looked high and low for a good 4-5 months and didn't find anything I loved. The first house I really loved was the one I ended up with in the end. (I know this is not common for most people, so I count this as one of my many blessings.) I walked in and immediately knew I loved it, which was both scary and exciting. I put in my offer the next day knowing that there was two other bids on the table. The next day I paced around my apartment all day long waiting to hear from my realtor. When I finally got the call, I was overwhelmed with excitement, I had purchased my first house! After the dust settled, it was time to get real about owning a home. Here's a few things I've learned.
Always keep money on hand for house emergencies, such as, a tree in your yard getting struck by lighting then splitting it in half. I most definitely didn't expect that to happen within 2 months of me living there. Moral of the story, have an emergency fund!
Ask your friends for help. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many home-owning friends that helped me with things every step of the way. Like when I thought my washer and dryer came "turned on" when I bought the house. I soon found out that was NOT THE CASE.
Decor thoughtfully. This is the hardest part of the whole process. I had a few big pieces I knew I wanted to get right away but other than that I resisted the urge to buy stuff just to fill the space. I wanted to be intentional about what I bought and thoughtful in the way I decorated.