Where to start?
Realtors will ask you for a prequal letter from your lender. Sellers often require prequels prior to showings. Being prequalified shows sellers that you are an active, serious, and qualified buyer. You also want to be realistic and look in a price range you can afford. Lenders can
Call an expert
Reach out to a trusted full time realtor who understands the market and can can help you achieve your goal. Make sure you are on the same page. There is NO COST to buyers for being represented by a Realtor. An agent gets paid by the seller.
Hit the streets
After you have a prequal letter it is time to get in the car and visit properties. Pictures are not always what they seem and mls photos rarely showcase the negative aspects of homes.
Once you find a home an agent will submit and offer in your behalf with the terms you are comfortable with. Negotiation can take an couple days. Upon contract acceptance buyer is responsible to open escrow.
Look out for a blog coming soon that addresses the escrow process.