There are a number of possible ways to begin your buying process but the thing to remember is that buying a home is all about collecting information and the more information you have, the better equipped you will be to get the job done.
We always recommend getting started by getting your personal finances in order by reviewing your budget and accounting for all monthly income and expendatures. With this done, you will be ready to meet with loan consultants and find out about programs and rates that will best meet your needs. It's best to meet with several different agents and compare your information.
One you have an idea of the amount you can afford you can then focus on a price range and location on which to center our search. We also strongly recommend that buyers establish two lists before the begin their actual search. One list containing items and features that the home must have while the second has criteria that you do not want in your new home.
In our opinion, the next step should be to identify an agent that you want to work with. This is often accomplished by attending open houses. Going to open houses is not only a good way to become familiar with home inventory but a good means by which to meet agents and seeing how they operate "in the trenches."
Once you have identified an agent, you should be on your way to identifying you perfect home with the support of an experienced professional.
We hope you find this information helpful.