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Talk to friend, family and co-workers to find a good agent to work with, them meet the agent and see if you are comfortable with them. A buyer's agent is paid by the seller, so he/she should not charge you extra to work with them (some companies do, my philosophy is to find ones that don't). After you find a good agent, they should have several good lenders they can refer you to. You need to work with a lender that can close the loan on time, and again, one that is not charging high fees.You do want to meet with a lender before looking at homes so 1) you know how much home that you can afford 2) the seller is going to want to see that you are qualified before accepting your offer. Good luck.
Hi, Laura. Regardless of where you want to buy, you should go through the pre-approval process first. There are several reasons for that. First, to make sure you really can get approved for a mortgage and for how much. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a house and then finding out that you can't get a mortgage for it! It will help you and whatever Realtor you hire as your buyer's agent know the maximum that you can afford and the maximum that you want to spend (they're not always the same). If you do not have a lender in mind, you might want to hire your Realtor first. Realtors often have lenders they know are very good and have a record of settling on time (another important quality). If you do have a lender, make sure you also ask what the APR is since that not includes the rate you will get, but it also takes into account what their fees are.This is an exciting time for you. I wish you the best of luck!
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