What to Expect from Your Realtor
Contrary to what you may have been lead to believe, your Realtor's job is not to sell you a home but to introduce you to alternatives based on what you say you want. When you find the right home your Realtor will not have to "sell it to you", you will just buy it. Personally, I am trained in counseling not selling.
The process is about you, your needs and your goals.
Expect your Realtor to ask you a myriad of questions. By doing this they will be able to help you focus on the things that are important to you.
Expect to make compromises. There is no such thing as a perfect home. While most buyers start the process expecting to find the perfect home, they quickly realize that compromises are necessary so focus on the things that are most important to you.
Expect to be in competition with other buyers for the home you select. In the process of buying a home, your Realtor will help you find the best home for your money and to deal with the best seller you can find. Conversely, if you are a seller, you want to deal with the best buyer, the buyer who will pay top price. That means that every buyer out there is competing to do business with the seller. So, making a low offer on a really desirable property is not always in your best interest.
Expect to act quickly when you find the "home of your dreams". The most disappointed buyers are the buyers who find their "dream home" and don't take action quickly enough. While they are "thinking it over" someone else buys the home. Your Realtor will never pressure you into making a premature decision, but when you find the home that is right for you, they will encourage you to take action quickly.