You will want to know how much home you can afford before you start seriously looking. There is no point daydreaming about homes that are not within your budget. By working with a mortgage lender, you will know what price range to be exploring, and you will be viewed as a serious buyer by sellers and their real estate agents.
You should get pre-approved right away. In fact, CENTURY 21 S.G.R. agents are instructed not to work with a buyer unless he or she ahs a pre-approval letter. Often times, the price will define the product you can buy, such as, a condo or town home, or single-family home. There is a protocol to be followed: it is just common sense.
When you are ready to check out some listings, the Internet is a valuable and convenient resource.
These days, the Internet is being used for initial searches. People are identifying their own properties and their own locations, but they should still hire an agent. You want their expertise and you want them to represent you in the negotiations, and refer you to other professionals.
CENTURY 21 S.G.R. is enhancing its Web site, century21sgr.swiftcheckin.com, to focus on information about neighborhoods, school systems, new developments, and hints on buying new constructions, and more. The site also features an e-mail Q&A feature, century21sgr.swiftcheckin.com, where an agent will answer your questions within one business day.