Buying a home is probably one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make, and it’s important that you hire a knowledgeable Realtor to guide you through the process. Friends and family can be good sources to refer their trusted real estate advisor. It’s a good idea to interview at least three agents; you will be spending a fair amount of time with your Realtor, so it’s important that you pick an agent with whom you feel comfortable and who you trust. Extensive knowledge about local market conditions and about the local community are important. But it’s also important to be represented by an agent who will educate you about the process if this is your first home, and to be available to you to show homes and provide advice.