Do your research. Decide what features are must-haves and which are not, what areas
or communities you prefer, and how much you'd be willing to spend.
Be realistic. It's OK to be picky, but don't be unrealistic with your expectations.
There's no such thing as a perfect home unless you build one. Make a short priority list.
More priorities mean fewer choices.
Be financially prepared. Review your credit report. Get prequalified for a mortgage or prepare
to show proof of funds if you plan to pay cash.
Opinions from unqualified people will drive you crazy and create loads of uncertainty. Be careful
who you ask for advice. The final decision is yours.
Think long term. Are you looking for a starter house with plans to move up in a few years, or do
you hope to stay in this home for a longer period? This decision may dictate what type of home you'll
buy as well as the type of mortgage terms that will best suit you.
Get a home inspection and a survey.
Get help from a REALTOR®. Hire a real estate professional experienced in buyer