When it comes to finding a real estate agent, you want to make sure you hire the right person who will best represent your interests as a home buyer.

The most important part of starting the home buying process is to hire your own agent. When you hire your own agent, that agent should work for you

As a buyer, you’re looking for an agent to help you find the right home for you and give you the best possible advice relating to the values of homes, what you should pay for a home and help you negotiate the intricacies of the buying process with the seller.

It's important to note:  When you go to a big real estate portal site, like Realtor.com or Zillow, and you click through to an agent, you’re either going to get the listing agent (potentially putting yourself in a dual agency situation), or you’re going to get a random agent that bought an ad that placed him or her on the page. Additionally, if you click to receive information on numerous properties, you might be connected to numerous different agents which could cause you more confusion than necessary.  As a buyer, you should research agents and pick one suited for you, don't let a random website pick one for you.