My advice to you would be to find a great mortgage lender that can get you pre-approved so you may know exactly in what price range you should be looking in. Then you should find a full time Realtor for the specific area you are looking in and interview as many as you would like and find the right one for you. Those are just a few tips to get the ball rolling, best of luck and if you need any help feel free to give me a call or email!
The first step would be to get a pre-approval letter from any lender (bank, credit union, mortgage broker), unless you are purchasing all cash. They will ask you a few questions regarding your income, credit history, etc and let you know how much you can afford. I would be happy to recommend a few lenders to you if you need it.
After you get your pre-approval letter, you should talk to a buyer's agent to help you find some properties that fit your search criteria and price range, set up viewings for any properties you are interested in, and guide you through the home-buying process.
I just recently sold a property in Pasadena, and I am very familiar with the area. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the area, the home-buying process in general, as well as email you a list of properties currently on the market that fit your search criteria.
Feel free to contact me directly at (310) 717-1321 or JamieTian@RodeoRE.com.
I agree that first step is to get pre-approved with a trusted lender (I can recommend lenders if you need one) and choose a trusted realtor.
My office and specialty is Pasadena/Altadena and the greater San Gabriel Valley. Please contact me if I can be of assistance.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions,
Gina M. Labellarti
Realtor- Coldwell Banker Dynasty
9228 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, Ca. 91780
(626) 215-4462 Cell
(626) 287-9043 Fax
DRE License # 01509425
2012 Top Producer, International Sterling Society Award.