Buying a home can be thrilling, but before you let emotion get the best of you (and the huge investment you're about to make), experts say there are a few things you want to keep in mind.

For starters, you can save yourself some disappointment by securing financing before you hit the open house circuit. "Unless you're paying cash, there's no reason to shop for a house until you have a firm commitment from a lender," says Stacy Johnson, CPA of MoneyTalksNews.com.

Check out more of his tips on how to avoid common home-buying mistakes in the video above.

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    This abode can be yours for just $79,000. It has three bedrooms, one bath and even a new energy efficient electric furnace. Interested? Visit <a href="http://www.postlets.com/repb/7951655">TeamHayes - Loveless Realty. </a> (teamhayesrealtors photo)

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    The cabinets aren't ideal but at least there's a lot of storage space. (teamhayesrealtors photo)

  • Libby, MT

    Give the carpet a good cleaning and this is a great space. (teamhayesrealtors photo)

  • Lawrence, KS

    This charming townhome is listed by <a href="http://www.century21.com/property/2515-morningside-dr-lawrence-ks-66047-REN006219647">Century 21</a> for $94,900. It has three bedrooms and two baths. Carpets and paint in interior are less than a year old. (Century 21 photo)

  • Lawrence, KS

    The view of the living room from upstairs. (Century 21 photo)

  • Lawrence, KS

    We spy a lot of cabinet space. (Century 21 photo)

  • Lawrence, KS

    The carpets definitely do look new. (Century 21 photo)

  • Albuquerque, NM

    This condo has an updated kitchen, new flooring and two bedrooms with walk-in closets according to the listing by <a href="http://www.century21.com/property/3865-montgomery-blvd-unit-1526-albuquerque-nm-87109-REN005999227-A10814991">Century 21</a>. And the asking price? A mere $56,500. (Century 21 photo)

  • Albuquerque, NM

    There is pretty tiling in the bathroom. (Century 21 photo)

  • Albuquerque, NM

    The kitchen is small but very clean looking. (Century 21 photo)

  • Albuquerque, NM

    And there’s a communal pool! (Century 21 photo)

  • Erie, PA

    Perhaps you're looking for a residence on the East Coast? If so, this $99,900 home listed by <a href="http://www.remax.com/property/106010141-60420021/2724-WASHINGTON-AVE-Erie-PA-16508/">Re/Max</a> may be just what you're looking for. It has three bedrooms and one bath plus a private yard and garage. (Re/Max photo)

  • Erie, PA

    You may want to replace the countertops if you're not loving the blue-scheme. (Re/Max photo)

  • Erie, PA

    It seems the yard has been taken care of beautifully. (Re/Max photo)

  • Modesto, CA

    Listed by <a href="http://www.century21.com/property/404-camellia-way-modesto-ca-95354-C2137237912">Century 21</a> for just $90,000, this single-family bungalow has two bedrooms, one bath and hardwood floors. (Century 21 photo)

  • Modesto, CA

    We love the granite countertops. (Century 21 photo)

  • Modesto, CA

    What a beautiful space for a living room. (Century 21 photo)