Home Buyer's Guide - Shop for a Home

Selecting an Agent
Finding a good agent - one who knows and understands the local market - is the first step in your home search.

A good real estate agent is a partner in your home search, someone with whom you'll be working closely. Spend the time to develop a strong relationship.

  • Advantages of Using an Agent
    Your agent can give you valuable insight into the market and provide access to a large number of available homes through the Multiple Listing Service. Working every day in the local housing market, your agent is an invaluable source of advice on pricing, features, and trends.
  • A Good Agent Does More Than Just Show Homes
    An agent can put you in touch with lenders, home inspectors, contractors, and any other professionals you need to complete your purchase. Don't hesitate to ask for recommendations - chances are your realtor knows qualified professionals in all of these areas.
  • Choosing an Agent
    A good agent is experienced, with a strong knowledge of the local market and a willingness to put in the time required to help you find the right home. If an agent doesn't have the time, interest, or commitment to develop a thorough understanding of your needs, look for one who does.
  • Working with Your Agent
    Once your search begins, make sure to take advantage of your agent's knowledge and experience. Don't hesitate to ask questions or request market data to help in the search. Review our tips on working with an agent to help get the most out of this relationship.