Finding an agent who is truly dedicated to helping you in your search is critical. Your local trusted Real Estate expert must be available to guide you through the buying process and he or she must be responsive to your questions or concerns. Secondly, before you start looking for a home, get pre-qualified for your loan, and getting a pre-approval letter for your loan is even better. Your agent can recommend mortgage brokers for you if you are not already working with one. Thirdly, drive through the neighborhoods that interest you and select a neighborhood where you would like to live. Schools are often an important consideration as well as proximity to your work.
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Your Real Estate agent will be able to set up a search for you so that you will know about homes the minute that they hit the market. They will know about price trends and will have local knowledge that will be invaluable in your search for a home.