1. Make sure you REALLY know what you are buying; do your homework about the structure, the neighborhood, schools for your children (if that is a concern for you), deed restrictions, distance from work, etc..
2. Make sure you have a letter from a lender that qualifies you as a buyer for the price range you are looking in.
3. Once you are certain this is the house you want, that you have your financing in order - then make the very best offer you can make! Know in advance - you generally will have no way of knowing if there are other offers on that same property. There could be MANY offers. Your offer will need to be the best, which is why you need to do your homework and get your financing lined up before you make your offer.
4. If your offer fails - then start again. Please remember there generally are many other homes/condos for you to select from and your REALTOR (please use a REALTOR who has agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics) will help you find the right one.
5. Be honest! With yourself and your REALTOR to help him/her understand what you REALLY want, your goals and your ability to secure a mortgage.
6. Don't give up! Undoubtedly, this is THE MOST important purchase you will ever make. Think it through, but you'll know when it's right when you walk in the front door. Like people - houses have "chemistry" and you'll find it.
7. Most of all - enjoy the search. It's like weddings - the more you go to the more you know what you don't want for your own. There is a wonderful house out there for you - Good Luck.
Nancy McClary, Broker Associate
Coldwell Banker Morris Realty, Inc