You have apparently already started your search. That's a great start. There are many things that need to be addressed now that you made a decision to buy. whether it be Pa NJ or anywhere else.
1. Qualification... How much home can you purchase? What budget have you put away that you would like to afford? Are you a first time home buyer? (meaning have you owned a home in last 36 months? Having a strong pre qualification certification is essential before you start seriously looking for your new home.
2. Area you would like to buy in?accessibility to major roads to your work? How far do you want your commute to be? Are you looking for an old town charm? Older home? newer home? Style of home?
As already said here, there is a lot of inventory(homes for sale). However, the inventory has been dwindling with regard to nicer homes availability... Nicer homes are being "snatch up" quickly... There are so many homes that need work. But there are many that are ready to be moved in... A Real Estate Pro will provide an analysis of the market trends for the area you are looking. So when it comes to making an offer, you get it right the first time. Making an informed decision of what a home is worth is important so you do not over pay for your new home.
Keep doing your searches, but let a professional do most of your work for you. Providing lots of choices in the beginning is important. But narrowing your search is more important.
Having a representative on your side that has knowledge of buyer programs that will enable you to grants, first time home buyer programs, and yes the much advertised tax credit. Many towns offer incentives on their own from money grants, to tax abatements. What programs do yo qualify for that provide buying power. the government is "giving away the house" when it comes to incentives to buy. Most are 1st time home buyer programs but you want to know all your options, and get the most you deserve.
Getting the most for your money is important; negotiations! There are steps to take to get you more when it comes to making your offer to purchase. Don;t be left cold thinking maybe you should have done things differently.
Contact me anytime (7 days and evenings ) for more information. I look forward to speaking with you.
609-868-1171 (my direct private line)