2. Searching (Shopping) for a Home
When you are looking to buy first check out the following:
Use the internet, and start searching for the following,
Consider buying a foreclosed home.
Bank repo reprocessed home.
State, County repossessed home.
Contact a reputable real-estate, (Only he/she is licensed by the state)
Get the local new papers, check out home classified section.
Drive around and look for Sale by Owner signs then when you find a seller call and ask questions such as,
Why are your selling this property, how long you been living there.
Do you have any mortgages and for how long, or you have clear title. If they have mortgages, ask the seller will you owner finance (find out rate & terms etc.)
When you see a home, look around; get a feel for the area.
Drive by few times including nights. Here you are you find the home according to your likings, it's all your family needs and in your price ranger, make an offer.
Let me give you an example
Asking price: $300,000
Your first offer: $ 250.000
Wait for few days; seller may come back with an offer of $280.000,
Then make a second offer $ 270,000. If the seller refuses the second offer then make a make 3rd offer of $ 275,000, that's it if you think it a fair price.
DONE, (make sure have a check with you,) this shows you are a serious buyer. When you are negating do not show any emotions, just be cool.
There is a well written book by real-east mogul, Donald Trump,
You may want get hold of a copy "Art of Negotiating".
This book will show you how to negotiate with any one like a professional.