Chris and Sbu give a step by step tutorial on what to do when buying a house. These are the steps:
1. Make sure that the person selling the house is the real owner of the property.
2. Get a valid written contract of sale also known as an offer to purchase. This must be signed by the owner and spouse if the owner is married.
The offer is made valid if only it is in writing with the buyer and seller's names as well as both their signatures.