Study the Real Estate Market
--About 47% of buyers invest 1 to 3 months learning about neighbourhoods, homes for sale and prices.
--Buyers most commonly start their research online (87%) and then contact a real estate agent (85%).
--Various home search resources help you assess properties for sale. Only your real estate professional can help with recent comparable properties sold.
(Statistics obtained from National Association of Realtors "2008 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers)