Using your wish-list, do some investigation for yourself. Turn to the internet, newspapers or any of the real estate agent’s shop-front windows or their various homebuyer magazines, to get an estimation of what the property you may be seeking would be worth.

Also investigate the real estate agents in your location, do they sell in the area you want to buy or the type of property you are looking for, talk to family, friends and work colleagues to get their recommendations and thoughts, visit the real estate agents office and see if they appear professional and courteous. Not all real estate agents are the same, you need to find an agent with whom you feel confident.

You should also look into potential financial institutions whom you may need to call upon to borrow funds for the purchase. Look online at their various mortgage or investment loan interest rates, banking packages and potential setup and exit fees.