First start by thinking about your situation.    You should answer the following questions:

  • Could I afford to purchase using cash or would I need a mortgage loan?
  • If I were to need a mortgage loan, how much could I afford?
  • Do I know my credit score?
  • Do I have any outstanding large debts?
  • Do I know any mortgage lenders to get pre-qualified?

Once you have determined that you can indeed afford to purchase a home, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What areas do I like?
  • Do I want a single family house, a townhouse, villa, or condo?
  • Do I like older or newer built homes?
  • How much living sq ft do I want?
  • Do I need amenities such as swimming pool, garage, fenced yard, …etc?

After you answer those questions, your next step would be to find a professional Realtor to help you with your purchase.    A Realtor that would be dedicated to finding a home that fits your lifestyle and needs.