Tip #1 -- Be prepared! and not in just the traditional ways ... think beyond being pre-qualified for a loan. Know the schools and make sure they are what you want for your family, Check out the neighborhood, be aware of trains or busy streets; Find out what the tax rate is for the area that you are interested in and if that area is affected by Mello Roos.
Tip #2 -- Think Strategically... Make your offer attractive to the seller, be flexible about escrow terms, such as length of escrow, or be open to the seller renting back for a short period of time.
Tip #3 -- Seek out the Ugly Ducklings...don’t be afraid to look at a home that has been sitting on the market for awhile. Make sure you go in with eyes completely open to repairs and think realistically about what you can afford to fix. True, the finest homes, best locations, and upgrades, will generally sell quickly, but a home that just needs a little paint and TLC, or new landscaping, can sometimes have very motivated sellers waiting for a reasonable offers.
I am always available to meet with you for a more personal analysis of your real estate goals.