well first ... congradulations.....!!
a new start together... how did you choose sound beach..? is that the only town you have narrowed down your wishlist to.?
first and foremost, see a mortgage rep and get yourself pre qualified..
its best to know what price range will be affordable for you before you even begin to look..
that way you will know what homes to focus on price wise..
your mortgage rep will ask you how much money you have saved toward your down payment and you will also need funds for your closing costs...
next the ever important job of a realtor..
you have the right to be represented by a buyers agent...
agents that you meet at open houses are obligated to represent the SELLERS best interest,
not the buyers.. so although going to open houses is a good way to get a feel for an agent they will be representing the seller there..
if you have any family or friends that have bought or sold a home a referral from them would be a good place ..
if not interview at least 3 and see who is listening to you, really listening to what you feel.. and answering you
clearly and honestly..
hope i helped..
my facebook page has lots of tips on it to.. stop by..!!
Coldwell Banker Residential