An important first step is selecting a buyer's agent to help you find your dream home. He or she can represent the buyer's interest in a real estate transaction. Before making a decision, however, have a realtor explain the pros and cons of using a buyer's agent versus a sales or dual agent. A CENTURY 21® Norma Altman Realtors agent can guide you through every step of buying your next home. When you're ready to visit houses, ask your CENTURY 21 Norma Altman Realtors professional champion to arrange showings, and be sure to keep track of the properties you've seen.

Each time you view more properties, refer to your "what's right for you" notes to immediately eliminate any that clearly do not meet your standards. And bring a digital camera to record what you see – you’ll be happy to have the record afterwards. After touring each home, write down what you liked and didn't like. Develop a rating system that will help narrow the field. For example, pick the house you like best on day one and compare all other houses to it. When you find a better one, use the new favorite as the standard.