Time to Shop!
Now that you have your pre-approval or proof of funds in hand, it's time to start looking for your new home! I recommend starting with taking a ride around neighborhoods and areas that you are interested in. Get to know the neighborhoods or subdivisions where you can see yourself calling home. Drive around and get a feel for what it would be like to own a property in the area. Make a list of homes or neighborhoods that interest you.
Now that you have a list, it's time to narrow it down. Select a few properties that you really like and have your agent schedule showings for you. Ask questions about market value in these areas and price points for these neighborhoods.
So you have found the house you love!! It's time to make an offer on the property. Your agent should help you determine what potential costs and expenses will occur if purchasing this home. Your agent should also walk you through the process of making a strong offer that will put you in a good position to get your offer accepted.