If you're currently in the market to purchase a piece of real estate, it doesn't really matter what stage your life is currently at. The reason why is because the real estate market is so wide and varied so there is a real estate property for everybody, regardless of their situation!
Are you a recently graduated college student looking for a small one-bedroom home to call your bachelor pad for the next little while until you get settled into a career and the family life? Are you looking for a family home that accommodates a large family of five, or more people? Are you a snowbird couple looking to downgrade from an empty nest home that's too big, now that your kids have moved out? If you answered yes to any of those questions you won't have difficulty finding a property that suits your needs.
When it comes to shopping for real estate, in any market really, your best bet to finding your dream home is sitting down and making a wish list of features your soon-to-be new home must have. Your wish list should go over location, home features, and price, just to name a few key components. Eventually you'll have yourself a wish list that described the home of your dreams, and once your list has been completed, you can take it to your real estate agent, who will help you navigate your way through all the homes for sale.
Once you're ready to start browsing the real estate market you'll come to find that what we were saying earlier is true, that most areas are full of real estate properties for everybody. Condos, townhouses, duplexes, apartments, semi-detached homes, detached homes, luxury homes, one-storey lofts, two-storey family homes, etc. You name the type of real estate property you believe would be right for you and your current situation.
The hard part revolves around picking just one home to purchase. You're probably going to find yourself wanting to purchase a number of homes you come across during your home search, but you just won't be able to do so. Really, you only need one home, when it's all said and done. That's where your home buying wish list comes into play. If you're interested in more than one property, cross reference each of the properties against your home wish list, to see if one of them stands out above the others. If you find a positive match, then your decision will be made for you. Good luck on your home buying search!