PHOTO: Buying your first home is a real rollercoaster ride. Picture by Damian Shaw Source: News Corp Australia

Buying your first property is a true whirlwind of emotions, ranging from complete panic to sheer relief and joy.

Having just been through the process with my girlfriend Emily, there was so much to learn and so many unexpected lessons that I wish I knew about before starting the 18- month long journey.

Having decided we were ready to buy back in late 2017, the easiest part of the whole process was attending open homes.

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While it does take up a lot of your Saturday and there is plenty of running around and killing time, you really get a sense of what properties suit your needs and the features that you aren’t willing to sacrifice.