Tips for beginners on buying your first home as a couple?

Any helpful pointers, sites with guides that are great for research to start; like adjusting to paying rent in apartments and moving onto mortgages, buying a home from owner/realtor/foreclosures, to things Real Estates won't necessarily tell you, etc.

My boyfriend and I have been together for three years and

Any helpful pointers, sites with guides that are great for research to start; like adjusting to paying rent in apartments and moving onto mortgages, buying a home from owner/realtor/foreclosures, to things Real Estates won't necessarily tell you, etc.

My boyfriend and I have been together for three years and have been living together from start until today.
We're getting quite tired of renting apartments. So for the next year or so we'll try to find a good landlord to rent from but I think we're about ready to start a new journey, and buy something we really love and could call our own in central Florida.
Buying a home with someone with only being together three years sounds rushy, sure but please keep in mind, this is future planning. I'd just like to do ALL my research early! Any tips, advice or links is GREATLY appreciated.

Other answer:

glenn:
Keep within a very good budget. Do not buy a more expensive place than you feel comfortable affording. Remember property taxes and insurance. If you can find a good local real estate agent then visit with them to help in your plans. Visit a lawyer- get papers drawn up so that both of you are protected legally. Since you will not be married you need to find what happens if an accident happens and one of you dies or is badly hurt -perhaps has to file for bankruptcy. The other one may end up co-owning with a relative of their boyfriend- will that be ok? What happens if you break up or if one of you goes nuts and stops making payments?
tro:
the first thing is money, without 20% of the purchase price of the house you won't get a mortgage loan
if is doubtful you have the money to pay cash for any house
and until you are married you would be very unwise to buy anything together as a couple, this 3 yr relationship could sour in an instant when major changes like this occur
Maxi:
First work out what you can afford, so x3 your annual income is what mortgage you can borrow, plus your deposit you have saved gives you the price of property you can afford. Then you can start looking at properties in your price range to see what is selling for what price and where, over a period of time you will then know the market before you set out to purchase, you can visit areas at different times of the day/different days as you will find they can be very different. Get to know what you want, such as good schools locally, shops, transport links and time it takes to go to work. Go and get an approved mortgage as it saves time when you do buy.
James:
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