When viewing properties, although it can be an emotional time, view the process as a business decision. Come prepared to purchase. Bring checkbook for Earnest Money and Option Money. Allot time to submit offer. Rate each property on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the perfect. However, typically, perfect homes are hard to find so, any home that rates an 8 or 9 should be strongly considered as a home to submit and offer on. As you rate each property, consider: neighborhood, property curbside appeal, first impression when you enter the home, property finish out, repairs needed, if any and size of home relative to your needs. As with all things, keep an open mind. Things are not always as they appear.