Once you have selected a realty professional, discuss with him/her the type of property that is suitable for your needs. To do this, you must ask yourself some questions.

1. What are my family’s needs?

2. Is my family still growing?

3. Are schools a factor?

4. How much yard upkeep do I want?

5. Do I plan to own horses or several animals?

6. Do I need to be within commuting distance of a certain place?

7. Am I prepared to take on fixer-upper?

8. Will I be using it as a second home?

9. Will I keep the property to use for retirement or as investment?

10. What is most important about the lifestyle I want to accomplish?

11. What can I afford?

As you inspect properties, your salesperson will get a real sense of what you like or dislike. Sometimes it takes a few trips to various properties for you to establish the parameters that are appropriate for you and your family. In a sense, you are establishing a relationship with your realty expert that will help both of you in this exciting time.

Once you are ready to make an offer, your realty professional will act as an intermediary between you and the seller. He/she will help negotiate price, down payment, contingencies, closing dates and anything else needed to bring the sale to a satisfactory conclusion. Select an agent that will be your guide, your diplomat, and your trusted advisor, as you pursue your property ownership objectives.