Determine a Buying Strategy
--About how long are you planning keep the home (a 5-year minimum is considered a good rule of thumb)?
--Are you willing to make long-term commitments to mortgage payments, taxes, insurance and the maintenance costs of home ownership?
--Are you willing to follow the home-buying steps in sequence (e.g. pre-approved for a mortgage before house hunting)?
Questions like these can help you to formulate a buying strategy that leads to sound buying decisions and good long-term planning.