we go any further, lets take a deep breath and:
1) First and foremost, slow down! Don't rush in to a purchase.
2) Think about the actions you take and decisions you make
because you will have to live with the repercussions.
3) Check out everything- remember that buying a house is
an "as is" purchase. What you see is what you
get and there is usually no turning back.
4) Take advantage of independent entities: retain the service
of an attorney, a home inspector, and a realtor who are
unrelated. This way, you get independent assessments of
5) Do everything you can to be sure that your home is structurally
and functionally sound. It bears repeating: THERE IS NO
you sign a contract or purchase agreement, be sure that
there is an inspection clause in the contract that makes
your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of
a professional home inspection. This clause should specify
the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Most purchase agreements allow 7-10 days for the inspection
process to be completed. It is therefore important that
you make an appointment as soon as possible.