I know that buying a home can be nerve wracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process can sometimes be complicated and fraught with unfamiliar lingo and surprise expenses. Over my last 18 years in the financial industry, I have had several conversations with buyers on helping them understand the home buying process. My team and I take pride in trying to help home buyers have an easy and smooth transaction, but sometimes we can run into bumps during the process. I'd like to try to make the first-time home buying journey a little less stressful for you. With feedback from other lenders and realtors from across the country, I have compiled these 25 tips to help you navigate the process more smoothly and possibly save some money too.