There are a lot of factors to consider. Before looking at locations, one of the first things you'll need to do, which will actually help determine location, is figure out your buying power.
Connecting with a mortgage lender will assist in determining how much you can spend and what you'll need for down payment (likely 20%).
Once you know how much you qualify for and what a comfortable payment would be, you'll then begin to see which areas are an option for you.
While it may be tempting to begin searching first, you don't want to waste efforts hunting in areas where homes are selling at $150,000+, if you're qualifying amount has you at $90,000 - $100,000.
If you have more questions or would like to discuss other important factors, feel free to contact me. Since the seller pays my commission, there is no cost to you for my assistance.
Syan Real Estate
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