Take the time at the beginning of the process to sit down with a trusted real estate agent to share your wish list. This is a great question and answer period and an essential first step!
Share your expectations with your real estate agent and sign a commitment agreement that you will be working together as teammates to find your new home.
Obtain written confirmation from your lender of the amount you qualify for. Having it in writing prior to writing an offer can put you at an advantage in a multiple offer situation.
Listen to your real estate agent’s counsel & recommendations. Be coachable!
Ensure you have insurance in place on your new purchase as your lender & lawyer will require.
Use a lawyer that specializes in real estate law to finalize your transaction.