Assuming we are addressing a residence, we are concerned with a few basics.
Tip 1: Know what you are looking for and why.
Tip 2: If you are planning on purchasing in the future...don't spend all of you money on rent. Right now, you most likely will be able to purchase a home for less (or near equal) to what you may pay in rent.
Tip 3: See Tip 1 and Tip 2