When you are ready to buy a home there are 2 important steps needed right away
Choose a Realtor to work with and ...
Contact a Mortgage Professional to determine what you can afford
When you buy a home you will not only be working with a Realtor, but with a whole team of professionals. Your team may include a Realtor, a Mortgage Professional, a Home Inspector, a Lawyer and others.
Make a Realtor the first professional you contact, and build your qualitied team of professionals together. A Realtor will provide helpful suggestions and recommendations what will suit your individual needs.
To find your dream home, you'll want to make 2 lists - A 'want' and a 'need' list. This will help your Realtor find the best home for you. You'll need to ask yourself; When is the best time for me to move? What neighborhood do I want to live in? What type of house will suit my needs? ... and most importantly, what can I afford? Answering these questions are the first steps towards finding your dream home, and working with a Realtor will help narrow your search.