As a lender, I would say that you need to know how much of a home you would qualify for, before going to a real estate agent, but that is a matter of your personal preference.
May I suggest you contact Loren Hoboy, who answered your question below, as I have worked with him in the past & know him to be very good, both in terms of taking care of his clients & having a full grasp on today's market.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions, I'd be glad to help.
All the best,
Roswell Moore, CMPS
Certified Mortgage Planner
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