It's important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire process, negotiating furiously on your behalf, and answering all of your questions with competence and speed.

First, find an agent who represents you and not the seller. This is beneficial during the negotiation process. If you are working with a buyer's agent, he or she is required not to tell the seller of your top choice. In addition, he or she is also focused on getting you the lowest asking price.

Also, when you use a buyer's agent, you will see more properties. Not only are they plugged into their Multiple Listing Service, but also they are actively finding homes that are listed as FSBO, or homes that sellers are thinking about listing.

Accredited Buyer Representative

Don Wixom is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and is trained to best look out for your interests when buying a home. About 30% of the time, Don will represent both the buyer and the seller as a Limited Dual Agent, however, he is still bound by confidentiality regulations for private information and will assist in the transaction going very smoothly!

Don also co-authored the book, "How to Make Your Realtor Get You the Best Deal, Idaho Edition."