This handbook is about choices. Making proper choices requires being equipped with the right information. This guide will help you make choices that significantly reduce miscommunication, misunderstanding and unmet expectations when buying a home. This is a clear, to the point, no nonsense guide to buying a home, especially your first home. You will understand the details of the entire process without having to become a real estate professional or a lender. You will understand how to best work with these professionals to quickly close your transaction with the least amount of stress. This book provides a glimpse of what is happening "behind the scenes" during the entire transaction.