Select a target area or neighborhood.
Define both minimum and preferred criteria.
Identify a short list of potential homes.
Make an offer.
Negotiate if necessary.
Close the deal.
Move in and enjoy!
Buyers, especially first time buyers, are surprised to learn that having an agent represent them is free of charge to them. It is true, the buyer's agent's commission is paid by the seller. So, why would any buyer attempt to navigate the marketplace without an agent looking out for his or her best interest?