Real estate, like most things in life, is often romanticized because of the prize at the end of the rainbow is so monumental. The unrelenting desire of owning your own home siphons so much focus during the process, that buyers often rush through crucial decisions in hopes of finding a shortcut. One of the most important decisions you will face as a buyer is selecting which agent you would like to work for you. Yes you read that correctly, real estate agents work for you, so make sure to use that leverage when navigating the Realtor battlefield. If you don't like the vibe you get from an agent, that's usually the first sign of things to come. I've heard countless stories of buyers and sellers who had an unpleasant experience because they weren't comfortable with their agent and didn't know that they could simply find a new agent. To avoid a similar predicament, I suggest you do a little research using Google and your various social media platforms so that you can get an accurate view of your options. From here you should be able to narrow it down to a handful of candidates which you can then contact for a cup of coffee to see if your intuition is accurate. Just remember to speak up when you are uncomfortable or want further clarification on a given topic. After all, you the client, is who we are all so desperately trying to impress.