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Put Your Home Buying Fears to Rest: Memoirs of A First Time Home Buyer

Yes, it’s true. Spring is right around the corner and you know what that means, it’s moving time! Most renter’s leases are up between March 30 – June 30. So what are you going to do this year? Are you going to stay put and just resign your lease, even if your rent goes up, or are you going to take the big leap of home ownership?!

Don’t let the thought of homeownership scare you. It doesn’t mean you have to buy a big ol’ house in the suburbs on 5 acres of land. You can buy something that fits your lifestyle.

I bought my first home when I was 25 years old. It was a simple ranch home with 3 fullsizeoutput_1590bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a nice size living room, 3 season room and a 1 car garage. It didn’t have a basement, but it had a beautiful yard that I loved. When I moved into my new home I had so many ideas of how I wanted to decorate that I could barely contain myself! I was excited to get a grill on the patio and a hammock to lounge in on summer evenings. It was my own little paradise. No, I was not working in real estate at the time but I guess my excitement for house hunting and decorating should have been a clear sign that I should be working in this industry.

I wish I could say that my realtor was awesome and walked me through the process, but unfortunately, once I signed the contract, it seemed like she was MIA. I don’t even remember who my loan officer was, but I do remember my awesome real estate attorney who explained everything to me. It’s funny how you can easily remember the people who take care of you and have your back during important life events.


My home wasn’t the largest but it was perfect for me at that stage in my life. It was fun hosting parties and BBQs or just having my friends over to hang out on a nice night. Don’t worry your true friends will visit you, and you’ll make more friends with your new neighbors.

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Since then, I’ve upgraded and downgraded, but my first home will always have a special place in my heart.

Life is too short, so I suggest you focus on living life and enjoy the moments that you get. Whether it’s in a condo, townhouse or a little ranch home like my first home was, it’s the people that make a place a home.

So renters, what are YOU going to do?

Written By: Shena Omotola, Dream Home Specialist & Broker Owner of Skyward Realty – Skyward Realty services Chicago, Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana

P.S. Feel free to email me any questions. I’m always here to help.

Shena Omotola


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