As a first time homebuyer, it can be difficult to understand how the process works and ensure things are moving as they should from finding a home to feeling those keys jingle in your hand. Here's a great outline, courtesy of Realty Today, to keep you in line.

1. Hire a real estate agent to help you with your home purchasing process.

2. Find the home that's right for you.

3. Obtain a home loan (if you haven't pre-qualified already).

4. Write an offer.

5. Have the home inspected. 

6. Prepare to close!