With rental prices continuing to rise you may find the thought of buying more enticing. Of course the only problem is that housing prices are going up fast as well. Unless you have well over a 6-figure income you may feel as if it’s not possible to find a house that you would actually want to live in. As a first-time homebuyer I felt the same way, but doing some research and getting some help from an experienced and patient realtor ended up proving me wrong. My search took almost a year, but in the end I found a house that was perfect for me at this stage in my life.