Before you can begin to look for your new home, you must establish how much money you will need and how much you can afford to pay in monthly payments. Looking at homes outside of your price range can frustrate and confuse you.
A mortgage broker or bank will help you crunch the numbers. And remember: most real estate professionals will not show you homes before you are pre-approved.
Choose the Right Agent
Buying a home can be a stressful and emotional process. But it doesn’t have to be. Find a real estate professional who makes you feel comfortable and will listen to your wants and needs. The right agent for you will have your best interests at heart, will walk you through the buying-selling and negotiating process and should have a network of people (eg. lawyers, inspectors, contractors) to ease the process.