My husband and I are planning to take the plunge into first-time home (actually, probably condo) ownership in the next few months. My dear friend of 10+ years who is our real estate broker recommended a couple of people she’s worked with before, and I have spoken with one of them so far to get an idea of what we can afford, etc.
But we haven’t decided anything at all yet, and I don’t know that the people she recommended will give us the best rates and/or service. So, Dopers, suggest away! Also, feel free to tell us about any unexpected pitfalls you encountered in the mortgage process, or generally any experiences you think would be useful to someone who hasn’t been through the process before.