1. Ask your lender the right questions so you get the best deal (email Robin for a copy of "Questions to Ask Your Lender")
2. Once you find a home, make a decision before someone else buys the house. Chances are that if you love the house, so will other buyers. It's best to get your offer accepted first so you won't have to compete for the house.
3. Find the right agent who’s willing to help you through the home buying process, answer questions, and negotiate for your best interests. It's a process, and you'll need to find an agent that you will respond to your concerns and help guide you through the challenges.
4. Make your offer look appealing to the seller. There are many terms in an offer that will be important to the Seller(s). Price is usually the most important term, but there are other strategies that can strengthen your offer.
5. Think about resale before you buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years. When you're ready to sell, you'll want to know that your property will stand out from the competition.
Source: Real Estate Checklists and Systems, www.realestatechecklists.com