House hunting is a tiring process at the best of times, requiring you to make concessions so that your dreams can match up with the reality of what is available and what you can afford. One of your Realtor’s key jobs is to help you clarify what you want most, and find you options that meet your specifications as much as possible. The best real estate agents are going to counsel you on location, neighborhood, schools and other factors.

Your agent should help you determine the best locations for you to look based on what you’re looking to achieve, including the type of neighborhood you want, school systems you want to be part of, etc.

Those buyers who look at a real estate agent as a glorified taxi cab driver are really missing out on all the benefits a good buyer’s agent should be providing. If driving you from house to house is all your real estate agent is doing, you might want to look for someone else!