For lack of a better term, we are in a ridiculously challenging market if you are looking for a home. The good news is our economy here in Northern Colorado is good and the population is increasing. Along with that, however, comes a shortage of available homes which makes prices high and creates a ton of competition when writing an offer on a home. Here are some tips for today's market. Get prequalified! This is imperative. It should really be one of the first steps you take.