"We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with Jeff. This was our first time buying a home and we do not know what we would have done without Jeff’s guidance, experience and support during this process. By the end of the process we viewed over 30 homes. Jeff was always upbeat and enthusiastic at each viewing! He walked every home with us, made sure to inspect every inch of the home for possible signs of issues; as well as pointing out positive aspects of each home."Henriquez
Finding the home that is right for you is not a trivial endeavor. All of the stake holders will have their preferences, their wants and needs, and their dreams that may conflict with another stake holders' desires.
The best way to find you NOVA home is to jump in and get started remembering that it is a messy process and iterative in nature. That means go look at some open houses. Generally there are a lot of open houses during the weekend.
Once the seller has ratified your offer, there are still tasks that need to be completed. Many of which are time sensitive based on the contract. I suggest putting your employer on notice as soon as you offer has been ratified that you will need some time off here and there and sometimes on short notice to complete the purchase of your home. Most employers are understanding.
A recent article in Realtor Mag, brought out a significant finding from the 2018 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey:
Survey respondents said some of the best aspects of living in a community association are having a clean or attractive neighborhood; a safe neighborhood; a maintenance-free neighborhood; and having the association help maintain property values. On the other hand, respondents said the worst aspects of living in a community association are restrictions on exterior home improvements and paying dues.