We just bought our first house! We've been living in Swansea for almost six years now, so it was probably good time to get a home of our own. It's been an interesting experience purchasing a property here in the UK, trying to figure out which things the estate agent deals with and which things you go to your solicitor for.
It took quite a few months from getting an offer accepted (where it's then considered "sold subject to contract") to finally getting the keys. Usually there are a couple of weeks between exchanging the contracts and completing the sale, but for us this all happened on Friday.
It's both existing being a new homeowner, and also a bit scary in terms of responsibilities when things go wrong. But hey, I guess we'll take it as it comes!