Buying a home does not have to be stressful if you make sure to prepare yourself in advance. Here are a few things to do before you start the home buying process. 1. Get pre-approved before you start shopping. That way you are ready to make an offer when the right home presents itself. 2. Shop in your price range. This one seems obvious but many buyers do look at homes in a price range that is higher than they can afford. 3. Know your closing costs. There are additional costs to buying a house over and above the sale price. 4. Work with a Realtor. Many buyers do not realize that the seller pays the Realtor not the Buyer. Take advantage of the market knowledge a Realtor can offer you.