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When I left Seattle in June to buy a house in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, I had no idea that it’d be September before I had the keys to a house in my hands.
It took me about four months to find the right place. As a first-time homebuyer, I had no idea what to really expect from the process until I was in it. And shopping in a newly hot market during a pandemic certainly added to the timeline. I didn’t expect it to take months, and the fact that it took so long made it difficult to plan my living situation and budget while I looked.
As a first-time homebuyer,