If you're in the market to buy, I highly recommend finding yourself a real estate agent. I suggest interviewing a few before picking one. Also, read over any buyer's agency agreements so you don't end up going "Oh i didn't read it" if you try to back out. Don't feel pressured to go with the first agent you meet. You need to find someone you trust, have good rapport with, communicate well with, can imagine spending months with (because it could be a long process!). An agent costs you nothing as it's the seller who pays agent fees. Before you even start shopping, I suggest getting pre-approved for a mortgage first so you know what price range to shop in.