Generally, when you purchase a home, it goes something like this: get pre-approved for a mortgage, find a house, make an offer, seller accepts/declines/counters, order inspections, request repairs, close on the home. Depending on the home, type of mortgage, and any other number of variables, there could be more or less steps, but these are the steps that many home buyers take in their home purchase. That being said, each of these steps have their own checklists to work through, so it’s not necessarily as simple as I have laid it out.
For example, when making an offer and getting it accepted, there could be ten or more counter offers between the initial offer and the final contract. The key here is learning what the underlying goals are for each party so that both sides are happy with the final product. Understanding these steps are what make a Realtor a fantastic resource, especially for first time home buyers.