I've contemplated home-ownership for years, and got serious about finding a townhouse last month. I had no idea that house hunting could take over my life this way. It's definitely eaten into my a2k time, as well as every other part of my life.
After a few misadventures, I've got a signed contract in hand tonite. Yay! It's for a 2 BR, 1 1/2 bath 1200 sf townhouse that's a mile from work. (Fairly unusual in Houston, where people routinely commute 30 miles or more.) I'm relieved to have made it this far, but I know there are a few more hurdles to jump.
I'm sure I'll have some questions in future. In the meantime, feel free to share happy tales or horror stories of your real estate adventures. I'm a newbie, so be gentle.