An important thing to watch out for in our particular area would be the basement of a house. Our soil type, combined with the moisture we get and our freeze cycle in the winter, can be very damaging to foundations. Keep an eye out for moisture, as that can be a signal for problems, and bowed or cracked foundation walls. It's also very common to brace older basements with steel I-beams to block further movement of foundation walls.
I hope that's helpful!
Good luck with your home search!
I always check to see who built the home, what it sold for originally, evaluate the selling prices of similar homes, and be certain it is the best home available for the money. I am an Exclusive Buyers Broker. That means I only work with home BUYERS so I have no conflicts of interest - no sellers that I have an allegiance to. We make sure our clients learn all they need to know about the area and the home buying process.
Where in ND are you planning to move to?
Dan Deutsch, EBA
Fargo Homes Buyer Agency
I would speak with a few local real estate experts. Some generic qualities include (potential future value, schools, amenities, etc.)
I would go ahead and get preapproved with a mortgage banker. I am available nights/weekends, and lend in all 50 states if you would like to give me a call or email.