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My parents offered to help...but now they want to come to every showing with me. Love them, but their critiques are stressing me out! How do I set boundaries?

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My offer was accepted, and now I'm second-guessing everything. What if this is a huge mistake? Is a bit of buyer's remorse normal, or is my gut trying to tell me something?

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I'm starting to think "cozy" is just a nicer word for cramped. This bedroom is so tiny, there's barely room for a bed! Is it crazy to pass on a house based on closet space alone?

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I found THE house, but it has no garage. Winters get brutal here, is it insane to go without? Can carports really cut it?

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Does it really matter if you only put down 5% and not 20% on your home? I’m struggling to save up the full down payment

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Before I even have an offer accepted, my mom's making mood boards. I appreciate the enthusiasm, but it's MY home, right? How do you get well-meaning family to back off?

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The creaky floors and flickering lights gave me serious horror movie flashbacks. Cool retro charm or a sign to run?

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Another offer rejection, and now I'm second-guessing my whole plan. Is homeownership even worth this stress? Am I doing something wrong?

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📚 Resource Thread 📚 A thread for resources such as courses, books, mentors, podcasts, videos, and articles relevant to a particular bowl that have helped you in your home-buying journey.

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The first time home buyer here. Any negotiation tips after the home inspection?

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Found the perfect house... on a street with non-stop traffic. Dream home or dealbreaker? My commute would be amazing, but is the noise unbearable?

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HOA fees?? I barely noticed that in the listing. This "affordable" community suddenly feels a lot less so.

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My parents offered to help with the down payment… but with a million strings attached. Do I accept and lose control, or tough it out alone?

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