The advantages of owning your own home include pride in owning, investment advantages, and the freedom of not paying rent!! When you write a check to your lender it is an investment in your future!! Not someone elses investment. Tax advantages, long term appreciation, leverage investment and you also build equity and have the ability to borrow against it!
Buying a home is certainly one of the most rewarding experiences you will have. It should be as smooth and enjoyable as it possibly can be!