Before you start shopping, find out “how much house you can buy” by getting pre-qualfied. You will need to gather the following information:
Make a list of your “needs and wants”. The “needs” are “must-haves”. The “wants” are optional.
Location, location, location… Small town, city or in the country? Established area or new sub-division? Near a lake or a river or on a hilltop?