Buying a home is a big decision – whether it’s your first home or a vacation home.  To help you make smart decisions, it’s important to think with your head and not your heart.  Here are some tips when you’re in the market to buy:

Do your homework:  Get informed about the buying process before you start.  This step saves time, hassle and money.

Shop around:  Don’t be tempted to hire the first real estate representative you meet.  Visit the RECO website ( to confirm their registration.

Get it in writing:  If your agent offers incentives they should provide the details in writing.