1- Make a Solid, Informed Offer: Understanding your price range will inform you of things like where to buy a house and what kind of offer you can make. Getting pre-approved can set your price-range and writing a letter to the seller shows your interest.
2- Act Fast: Demand is increasing while supply is decreasing so if you see a house you want, make an offer before someone else does!
3- Prepare to Negotiate: Even if your price range is set and stone, you can work under those parameters to make an offer that has cushion for negotiation. You could receive a counter offer, the inspection might add costs, and things go wrong so always leave room for negotiation.
Keep in mind that your agent can help you with these things; talking to a professional will help the process move quicker and more efficiently so call one today!