Before you select a location or a Realtor, be sure the two of you have the same end result in mind. For example, will the home be purchased as an investment for future growth with the expectation of selling for large gains in a few years? Maybe you plan to purchase it now and later use it as rental property for future income, or perhaps you plan to purchase and remain there until you pass it on to your children.
Obviously, you have quite a few choices, but the point is to adopt the same philosophy regarding the purchase before you purchase. If you do, the two of you will meet with much greater success when the time comes to pick out your first home. The process of starting with the end in mind is the key to any successful venture.
Congratulations on your engagement and good luck!
Hope all is well out of the three area which one do or would call home? Buying REO is a process, and Zi would be very happy to share with you what I know.
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I specialize in foreclosures, REO's, Probate Sales, etc. I would shy away from NOD and short sales because they take so much of your time with little success. I can send you a list for the specific areas in question or for all of Orange County if you wish. I work with many first time homebuyers right now. However, most important, please take care of your wedding plans first as you will have plenty of time to purchase a home. You can always visit my website and search for yourself.
Bank owned/ Foreclosed properties offer the buyer excellent below market buying opportunities. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a list of The 10 Things You Need To Know About Buying Bank Owned Properties.
Warm regards, Walter