Now the fun really starts! If you’ve carefully completed the previous 3 steps then you should have your finances in order, a preapproval letter in hand, and a buyer’s agent by your side. Now you’re ready to look at available homes. But what should you be looking for?

Go look at different areas and neighborhoods

More often than not, homeowners are advised to take the time to drive through different areas and see if every aspect of their day-to-day life can be accommodated. This is a great way to get a look at different neighborhoods and start your list of property wants and needs. Get your significant other and kids (if you have them) involved while you’re at it. The right home should make everyone happy even if some compromise is required.

Your buyer’s agent can be an invaluable resource. They can help you target your search to neighborhoods within your price range and ones that are likely to appreciate in the future. Your agent also has access to professional listing sites such as the Multiple Listing Network (MLS) and can arrange for you to tour available properties in real life, not just online.

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