Lake Panorama | Panora, Iowa | Surrounding Communities
  • Figure out your budget – Check you credit score, write down expenses, and figure out what you can afford. After all of this, research with banks to see which one can offer you the best rate. Your offer will be much stronger with a preapproved letter. Be prepared!
  • Make a list of your non-negotiables – Starting with where you want to live, make a list of what the house needs to include. Thinking you must have an open concept layout? Add that to your list! Two car garage and fenced in yard a must? Add it to the list! Knowing what you are looking for before looking at houses makes it less stressful and saves you time.
  • Find the right Real Estate Agent – Having a great agent on your side will save you time and make the home buying experience less stressful. The right agent will have the knowledge to find you a home that fits all your needs and make the process seamless. Be sure to share your list of wants/needs with your agent so that they know exactlty what you are looking for.
  • Shop for Homes Online – Use local Real Estate websites, or sites like or to search for homes in the area you are interested in. Let your agent know if any houses spark an interest and schedule a showing. Your agent may also suggest homes that they feel would meet your needs.