Hire an Agent. Hiring an agent will save you time. An agent can send you listings directly from MLS that fit your parameters, and you won't waste time looking at active listings that are under contract.
Buying a home can be an overwhelming process and emotionally draining. Finding the right home is not always an easy task. Typically we do not advise buyers to schedule more than five showings at a time because any more than that can become confusing.
Get pre-qualified. This way you know for certain how much home you can afford.
A home inspection is a contract contingency which means a buyer has the right to cancel the contract. You might not want to be locked in to buying a home that has a faulty foundation, for example. Sellers are generally not required to make repairs if problems are discovered during a home inspection. A home inspection is for the buyer's edification. However, sometimes when a buyer gives a Request for Repair to the seller the seller may agree to make a repair or discount the price of the house to cover the cost of the repair.