The home buying process today will have plenty of challenges, so it’s important to select a good REALTOR® to help minimize those challenges. A good realtor will invest the time, knowledge, and skill into helping you choose just the right home. How do you choose? Ask for recommendations, attend open houses, look for REALTOR® signs in your community or call your neighborhood real estate brokerage. Interview several before making a decision. You should be as selective about choosing a REALTOR® as you will be in selecting your home.

Buyers and sellers have different needs. In some cases, sellers elect to meet with one REALTOR®, while a buyer might elect to test a couple of agents before deciding to work with one exclusively. Then move on to Step 3.