Richard Stapleton got the keys to his first house a week before the country went into lockdown as the coronavirus spread across the U.S.

Having decided in December to leave his 650-square-foot apartment in Buford, Ga., Stapleton and his girlfriend were ready to move into a home of their own in Gainesville. After browsing over 20 properties, the couple closed on a house on March 16—and not a moment too soon.

“I hate to say it, but it kind of happened at a good time. I got to be able to move in and really get to know the house very quickly, because I really haven’t spent much time out of it, honestly,” Stapleton tells Fortune.

Even in the best of times, buying a home for the first time can be confusing and stressful. Stapleton recalls he was “very blind and kind of naive about the whole process,” and he credits his real estate agent with holding his hand “every step of the way.” Layer on the paralyzing stress of a complete economic shutdown and a global pandemic, and it’s no wonder first-time buyers are struggling to stay calm. Fortune consulted top real estate experts to put together a guide for what every first-time homebuyer needs to know in this market.

Even in the best of times, buying a home for the first time can be confusing and stressful. Stapleton recalls he was “very blind and kind of naive about the whole process,” and he credits his real estate agent with holding his hand “every step of the way.” Layer on the paralyzing stress of a complete economic shutdown and a global pandemic, and it’s no wonder first-time buyers are struggling to stay calm. Fortune consulted top real estate experts to put together a guide for what every first-time homebuyer needs to know in this market.

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