1. Make them the first step in your home buying check list. There will be a handful of things that you need to do before really getting serious about home shopping, but having a real estate agent on your side from the get-go can help organize and give you an idea on what steps you need to take next. They will be able to show you step-by-step on what the home buying process looks like so you aren’t walking into it blindly and you can prepare for what is to come in the future.
2. Be upfront with your financials and they’ll be able to find the homes that you can really afford. By being realistic about your financial situation, your realtor will have a much better understanding on what would be best for you and also won’t be wasting time (and hopes) with showing you homes that may be out of your range.
3. Let them help you with making an offer. Real estate agents are experts in knowing reasonable offers and evaluating listings for what they are worth in the area. Their experience in negotiating and working for their clients is what makes them a super teammate in the home buying process. They are there to make your life easier by handling the not-so-fun aspects in buying a home.