Lots of good advice and answers here! First see a lender and get prequalified. To do this, you need good credit, some savings, and income that shows that you can afford to buy a house. As said, your home is an asset. Do you own the home yourself in your name or is it shared with siblings or other family members? Are you planning to sell it, rent it, or leave it in the family for someone else to live in?
First, check with a good reputable lender and see if you qualify to buy a house. THe lender will ask for a lot of information and will provide a prequalification letter for you if you are qualified. If qualified, you will then need to find a good REALTOR to help you in your home search. A good REALTOR that you feel comfortable with will be able to discuss your wants and needs and help you find the right home to suit those needs.
I would love to help you relocate here in Dallas. I am a Dallas native and I know all the surrounding suburbs as well as the city and rural areas where you might want to live.
Feel free to call anytime!
Becky Carr, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker APEX