It is good to listen to other people when you are trying to decide the house to buy but remember that the information might be outdated given the ever changing market dynamics. Do not see the home for sale advert and decide that you job in looking for a home is over because it might not be what you have always wanted. Make sure you have considered all the aspects in your personal life and decided that it is time to buy a house. When the word is out that you are finally going to buy a home, your relatives and friends are going to chip in with their advice. The ideas you get will be specific to the people they are coming from too. This is why you have to make sure your mind is capable of sorting through all the information you get and settling for what you actually want.
You should check every home thoroughly to make sure there are no underlying issues you should be concerned with. It is important that you sniff out funny odors like those which come about due to presence of mildew or animals in the building. Open the dishwasher or dryer to check whether is are pests lurking behind and knock on the walls for hollow sounds. Other things you need to check on include the air conditioning/heating system, if the toilet is flushing properly and if the water pressure is within acceptable standards. Some real estate agents will have a home inspection report ready for you but this is not a standard. You should not buy a home which has not been inspected of late even if it means paying the inspector out of your own pocket.
Just because you have been told the asking price does not mean there is no wiggle room. Therefore, do your best in trying to let the agents consider price reductions. Having the home that makes heads turn in the neighborhood mind be something everyone wants but the price range might be out of the budget of many buyers. Therefore, use your financial records to determine what you can actually afford and work with that. Do not make an impulsive decision even when it ci clear the price range is out of what you had planned for because you might be stuck with bank loans for a long period just because you did not want to do what was important.