1) Get ahead of the game. Even if you are not planning to buy for the next few months, it is never too early to start the process. Check out potential neighborhoods. See what the inventory is like in your local market. Look into school districts. The more you narrow down your criteria, the easier the home buying process will be once you get serious.
2) Be prepared. Have everything in order so you can move fast once you find a property. Get the process started with your lender. Make sure to have a pre-qualification letter ready to submit with your offer. Know your budget. Know what you would like to spend and what you would be willing to spend. Know your deal breakers. Do everything you can before hand, so there are no hang ups with your offer.
3) Get a great agent. One that will work their butt off for you. One that will listen to your needs and go the extra mile. And most importantly, find an agent that you can trust and who has your best interest at heart.
4) Be open. Know that in a competitive market, you may not get the first house that you want. In some markets you may not get the 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th... which can be completely frustrating and heart-breaking. But be open. If your offer isn't accept for one house, move on to the next. Know that the process will lead you to the right home. And remember, there are many, many great homes out there for you.
5) And last but not least...Take A Biiiggg Breath. Often times we get so entrenched in the home search process that it becomes all-consuming. When you are starting to feel overwhelmed, step away from the computer, go for a walk in the fresh air, relax your shoulders, and take a biiiig breath. And remember the mantra..."what will be, will be".
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