Congratulations on deciding to make the move to the City of Pittsburgh! I would agree with the majority of the answers below. The process takes about 60 days from start to finish. If you want to be in your new home in June, I would say you want to seriously start looking late January to early February. Inventory will be limited at this time of year, but more options will surface as Spring gets closer. I don't think it's ever too early to start browsing to get an idea of what you really like and what areas you like. Another important part is getting pre-approved by a local mortgage broker. I can give you a name of a loan officer that I work with. She is extremely patient and understanding. Her name is Leslie Raymond. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-719-5673. Once you are pre-approved, I would suggest contacting an agent to enroll you in an auto search. This search will look at homes available on the market and only pull those that meet your wish list critera(ie; elementary school, bedrooms, bathrooms, price, etc) The nice thing is that once you are enrolled in this search an e-mail will be sent to you once daily with all new homes that have come on to the market that also meet your criteria. This means you can spend less time searching the web for homes that might meet criteria and only look at those that meet your criteria. Let me know if this is something that you may be interested in. Best of luck in your search. I would be happy to help you through this exciting chapter in your life. Feel free to contact me anytime.
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