Your real estate agent's job is to make your home-buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. A good agent will work hard for you every step of the way. However, part of the responsibility also rests on your shoulders. There are a few things you can and should do in order to help your real estate agent help you.
1. Be on time.
Real estate agents are typically juggling several clients at the same time. They may also need to meet with new clients, attend open houses, and take care of paperwork in the office. As such, it is common for them to have meetings scheduled back-to-back. Make sure you are respectful of this when you meet with your agent. Show up on time for meetings and appointments, and work to get things done in a timely manner. You don't want to hold your agent up and make them late for their next meeting.
2. Be specific about what you're looking for.
Your real estate agent will do their best to only show you homes they think you'll legitimately be interested in. However, they can only operate based on the information you provide. If you provide more details about what you're looking for, your real estate agent will show you homes that are more in line with your needs. This will save you both time; there's no need to waste time looking at homes that ultimately won't meet your needs.
3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage.
Before you even begin shopping for a home, get pre-approved for a mortgage through the bank. This way, you won't be guessing what your budget is; you will know how much you can spend. Having this knowledge from the get-go means your real estate agent won't waste your time or their own time showing you homes that you later find out that you can't afford. Pre-approval also makes your offers more likely to be accepted, which means your real estate agent won't have to spend as much time negotiating and orchestrating the sale.
4. Bring your partner along to see properties, if applicable.
If you are buying a home with your partner or with any other person, it is best if both of you attend all home showings together. This will save your real estate agent from later having to show the same home to your partner. It will also make it easier for the two of you to decide whether or not to make an offer on the home, having seen it at the same time.
The tips above will help your real estate agent do their best work on your behalf. Before long, you should be resting in your dream home. Reach out to a home buying agent in the area you like.