Now that you know what you can afford and where you would like to buy, you need to have a look to see whether the kind of property you like is available in the area you are looking. While you may have your dream home in mind, it is probable that you will need to make compromises and evaluate the weight of certain likes and dislikes. For example, you may be looking for something with 3 bedrooms, but could that property with 2 bedrooms and a study that comes comfortably under budget be a sensible choice instead?
Today, most people start their search on online portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla. These are very useful as they collect a comprehensive range of properties from different estate agents and can allow you to easily pinpoint price trends and scope out most properties on the market. In addition, many online sites give the option of setting up alerts so you can be notified immediately when a property matching your needs is listed.
However, it is important to note that not all properties being sold will be featured online, particularly in fast-moving markets where they can sell before they have hit the web. Thus, do consider also registering directly with estate agents who are active in the area you are looking in.
Finally, some properties are sold privately, and you can search private sales websites and advertisements in newspapers and magazines to find these and widen your options.
Happy property hunting!