1. Get pre-approved (not just pre-qualified.) This will cut out the wait time you might experience otherwise. Remember when you find a home you want, a pre-approved offer could be the deciding factor whether your offer is accepted or not.
2. Once you have been pre-approved you will know exactly what price range you are going to shop in. At this point you can start looking online for homes in your price range to get an idea of what type of homes are available in your price range.
3. Shop for the right Realtor. The Realtor your neighbor or friend used may not be the right Realtor for you. Do some shopping around before deciding, and keep these questions in mind.
â€¢ Is the agent accessible by phone, email, or both?
â€¢ How long does it generally take your agent to respond to each?
â€¢ Is he/she available on weekends?
â€¢ What are his/her hours of availability/operation?
4. Shop for your home, but keep this in mind. You may find a home and have your agent put in an offer, yet the seller may not be willing to wait until Juneâ€¦ but then again if they know you are pre-approved they just might accept. One thing is for sure, youâ€™ll never know if you donâ€™t at least try.
So, I would say to start looking soon and give yourself some time to look around, but first visit with a lender to get pre-approved for financing so you have a good idea of what price range you want to look within. If you want to move in by June you should hope to have found a home and made an offer on it by April or May at the latest.