1. "What are my plans for this house?" Do you plan on being in that house for three years, five years, or 10 years? In doing so, you'll end up finding a property that meets your needs today and will meet your needs down the road. That really benefits you on the back end when you're ready to sell.
2. "What can I afford?" You may qualify for a higher amount that you actually want to pay. It's important to not only check with a mortgage agent to get pre-approved, but to know what the payments will be at that amount. Remember to factor in homeowner's insurance, property taxes, utility bills, moving costs, maintenance and any upgrades that you'll need to make.
3. "What do I want?" Make a list of what you want and don't want. Search for homes online to get some ideas. Are you looking for a small home or a home where your family can grow? Comparative shopping is key. In order to get the price you want, you have to arm yourself with information. Check out similar homes.
4. "How long has this house been on the market?" The length of time a house has been listed will affect the pricing. The longer the house has been on the market, the more chance the seller will make a larger cut in the price to move the home.
5. "What is your sales history and experience level?" A good agent should be able to provide information on comparable sales of homes in the neighborhood, schools and other local services.