Decide if you are looking for a single-family, a townhouse, a condo or a multi-family building. Make a list of features you are looking for and differentiate between Must-Haves and Nice-To-Haves.
Choosing the right neighborhood is important in buying a home. Get a compete feel of the location and neighborhood and if it offers you all that you are looking for.
If you are planning on moving within the next few years and are not sure what you immediate future plans are, you may need to either wait to buy or invest in a lower priced home so that you will have a better resale in the next few years.
are you going to move
understand the credit process
It is important to understand the process of applying for the loan. Your credit rating is a place to start in order to better understand what home you can afford. Ask your real estate agent for a mortgage broker referral who can get you prequalified.