#1. Get pre-approved: talk to a mortgage specialist, talk to your bank. Make sure you know what you can afford. Lots of Buyers miss this step and try to go buy something and get all excited about the purchase only to find out that they cant buy it. Being pre-approved ensures both you and your realtor are searching and showing the right properties. no one gets let down.
#2. Qualify your realtor: find a realtor that you will trust and know can answer the questions that you should be asking when buying the biggest investment in your life.
Do they educate you about the market, about the homes your considering, what steps do they take to get you all the information required to purchase a home?
We are all on an even playing field the difference is that