Real estate purchases are often the largest financial transactions of our lives. Yet we do it so rarely that it is difficult to feel comfortable with the forms, the legalese, the players, and the whole process. It is essential that you are prepared. Here are some expert-vetted secrets to find your dream home, land a loan, and ace your home-buying adventure without a hitch. For even more info to guide you through your home-buying journey, take a look at Realtor.com's First-Time Home Buyer Resource Center.Download this handy guide that provides a detailed look at the home buying process for first-time homebuyers.