Asking the Right questions and knowing exactly what your needs are.
Monthly dollar amount you feel comfortable with.
Research the types of mortgages available to you and find the one that best suits your needs.
Get a professional home inspection on the property.
Decide which area you want to relocate to and what is most important for you and for your family.
Keep your credit utilization to a minimum, this will give you a better chance of getting the best rate.
Make sure you and your family are happy with the home you decide to buy, this is a big commitment for you and your family.
Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire process, negotiate on your behalf and answeingr any questions you have with competence and confidence.