If you are in the real estate market to buy, here is an interesting survey.
Many first-time buyers were surprised by the immediate benefits they received once they purchased their first home. (According to a recent survey from "The Residential Specialist" Magazine May-June 2011.)
67 percent said the market conditions provided them the opportunity to buy a home sooner than they expected
50 percent said they found a home in a more desirable location than they expected
61 percent got a home for a better price than expected
40 percent got more space than expected
43 percent locked into a lower interest rate than they expected