Step 1: Choose the Right Agent.
Along with your lender, your real estate agent is a crucial player in the homebuying process. Start by asking around for a referral — I'd be happy to give you some! — and be sure to talk to a few agents before choosing one.
Step 2: Find the Right Home.
Buying a new home can be a stressful event. Making a list of features you must have, would like to have, and don't want can help you stay focused when you're visiting potential new homes. Here's a helpful list you can use each time you view a property.
Step 3: Make an Offer.
Your real estate agent or lawyer will draw up the contract that outlines the terms and conditions of the sale. Here is a partial list of things that could be included in your offer. In a seller's market, you may get a counteroffer, and your buyer's agent will negotiate on your behalf.
Step 4: Get a Home Inspection.
A home inspection is a thorough examination of the property, from foundation to rooftop, that assesses the home's general condition and any needed repairs. While it is an additional cost, a home inspection is highly recommended. The inspector will be looking for things like leaky roofs, termite damage, and structural issues.