Finding a home that's the size and in the neighborhood you want at a price you can afford is difficult enough. Toss in the fact that the real estate market is as strong as an ox right now, and the challenge is enough to make you pull your hair out.
Never fear. With a little planning, you can find your dream home AND navigate the negotiation process. Here are the do's and don'ts of buying a home in a competitive market.
DO Get Pre-Approved
If you have managed your credit and finances wisely, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is fairly simple. Meet an experienced mortgage originator and complete the paperwork BEFORE you actively search for a property. That way, if you find a house, you will look far more attractive to the sellers than…