Ok, this is kinda gonna be a bit of a long one coz I'm on a high!! Went to view a house yesterday that I'm thinking of buying as a first house. Basically, it's a brand new 3 bedroom house that's just outside of Dublin, well about 40 mins outside of Dublin. It's close enough to Dublin to make travelling to work easy enough, but far enough outside of Dublin for it to be like living in the country. The best part about the house is that it's basically a blank canvas. The house is built, but when I sign the contract, the conpany sit down with me & I get to pick out what colour schemes go on the walls, type of fireplace, lights, kitchen, tiles, wooden floors/carpets, what type of baths/showers go into the house & I also have a little say in what way the downstairs is designed i.e. do I want the kitchen & dining room to be separate from the front living room or do I want an archway/doors linking the rooms together etc. Then, the company give me a 10,000 voucher for Harvey Normans so that I can get all my furniture - beds, sofas, etc. Then, to top it all off, the company will pay off the first years mortgage for me too!!! Sounds perfect doesn't it? It's just perfect for a first home for me, my OH & Monty (plus my Alaskan Klee Kai pup that I'm hopefully getting soon!). I should have a better idea tomorrow of how much it will cost me a month for the mortgage, so hopefully I'll get approved & it's affordable enough! I've been designing it in my head already!!! Here's a pic of what the house will look like. If anybody is interested enough to actually wanna see more pics, check out Barrack Homes - Built for Better Living - Abbeyfield Development Tell me your house buying experiences, especially your first houses......Sorry it's soooo long, but I did warn you at the start!!!