Buying a home is so complex that getting started may be intimidating. Ask yourself some basic questions before getting deeply involved.
- Are you prepared financially and emotionally to make the long-term investment and commitments involved?
- Are you clear on your budget, both up-front costs and monthly costs?
- Have you discussed the things you’re looking for in the house — space, rooms, features and the rest — in advance?
- Have you narrowed down the places that you think will fit your life?
You will find it easier to get started after being clear on these key factors; writing them down may even help you stay objective through the many decisions to come.