Where to start? That's the most common question I get from buyers, especially first time buyers. The entire buying process can be frustrating, confusing, and sometimes end up in disaster.
The first thing to do is to find a realtor. This may take some time. Buyers should look for a local realtor that is familiar with the area in which they want to purchase. Interview several realtors to get a feel for experience, understanding your needs and wants, and most importantly, being able to assist in financing.
I personally take each buyer through the step by step process of purchasing a home, from loan preapproval, property search, writing the purchase offer, negotiating, meeting deadlines and closing. There shouldn't be any surprises, knowing what to expect along the way reduces the stress and anxiety.