Buying property can be a great investment or the worst financial move you can make. Here are some tips to make sure mistakes won’t mess up with your buying decisions:

Hire a realtor

An agent can provide you with the listings you need for homes for sale in locations you want. A realtor has the expertise and network to scour through local listings and match your requirements with properties that hit the mark.

Check for credentials

Don’t just hire any agent you find, though. Check for credentials and qualifications. Look for a licensed, trusted realtor in the area, one with a reputation for being reliable and competent.

Ask around

Get referrals from people you know. Ask around for tips and suggestions. Even if you don’t get referrals out of these, you could still end up with leads to point you in the right direction. The more leads you have, the sooner you can find realtors who can help you.

Know what you want

A realtor will only match up homes for sale with your set requirements. That means it’s going to be useless if you keep changing your mind about what you want. Before you approach an agent, figure out what your non-negotiables are in a home. This should save you time in your search. By being clear on the kind of property you want, you can easily communicate this to your realtor. If you don’t even know what your non-negotiables are, no worries. Work these out with your realtor until you do.

Mull over the commitment

Buying a home is a long-term commitment. You’ll need to pay for that mortgage for years. Are you and your bank account up for it? Think long and hard on this one, Forbes says, before you tie your financial resources down for the next few years.