First time buyer - VA loan - How to start the home buying process - Crofton/Ellicott MDFirst off, thanks in advance for any responses. My wife and I are looking to buy our first home in the upcoming months. Our rental lease ends mid September and we would like to move anytime after that. Up until this point we have only done research and spoken with few people for advice. We are looking for an area that has good schools, is safe, and near work. Also, we have softly decided on the Crofton and Ellicott City areas as primary locations due to the previously mentioned factors. We plan on using the VA loan and would like to minimize down payment and closing costs.1. When is the best time to get an agent and what are good ways about finding one?2. Will an agent be willing to work in different areas? (Ellicott and Crofton are about 30 minutes apart)3. When should we begin pursuing the actual purchase? I was told that the first months payment is typically included in the initial agreement, which is important as my BAH will be tied up through Mid September.4. For perspective, if we wanted to move into a house on 1 October, what is a good time frame to accomplish the different steps needed to purchase a home and what are those steps? July 05 2014 - Crofton00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.