Are you interested in buying a house? Will it be your first house, or do you already have experience in house hunting? Either way, the best place for you to start is by finding a realtor that will work hard for you in finding the right house for you. If you used a realtor to buy a previous home and you think that realtor did a good job, consider hiring the same realtor. If you don't have a realtor already, be sure to find one with whom you feel you can communicate well.
Where Do You Want To Live? - Even before you meet with your realtor, do some pre-planning.
For example, if you don't already know where you want to live, drive around your town to get ideas. If you have children, look for neighborhoods that are family friendly. Try to meet some of the people that live in the neighborhood that attracts you so that you can ask questions about things like schools and the Home Association.
If you don't drive, look for neighborhoods that are on a bus line. If you want to keep your same services, like your doctors and your beautician, think about remaining close to the areas where they are located.
What Kind Of House Do You Want? - When you meet with your realtor, be specific about the type of house you want.
For example, have you always wanted your own swimming pool? If so, tell the realtor that you want a house that already has one on the property, or one that has enough space to build a new pool.
Do you want a one-story home or a multi-level one? Let the realtor know that from the beginning.
Do you love to cook and bake? If so, you will probably be happiest in a home that has an excellent kitchen with plenty of space for you to work.
Do you love to entertain? Then tell your realtor that you want a house with open spaces and a patio where you can host your friends and family.
Even though you might have pretty specific things on your list, it's still a good idea to ask your realtor to tell you things you might not have thought of. For example, he or she might know of homes for sale in your chosen area that don't meet your specifications completely, but that have the potential for being fixed up to become the perfect house for you.