Buying your first home can feel daunting, especially with the recent dramatic rise in home prices. It’s one of, if not the biggest purchase, that you’ll ever make. Before you start calculating how much you need for a down payment or shopping around for mortgages, you’ll want to make sure you have a few bases covered. Staying on top of the basics can help you stay in control of your money and set you up to achieve long-term goals. As an expert in the field, Tracy Phelan, Broker RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc, has written down a beginner’s guide to buying a house. This will help you break down the important factors you should consider when buying a house.