Using a real estate broker is a good idea. All the details involved in home buying, particularly the financial ones, can be hard to understand. A good real estate professional can guide you through the entire process and make the experience much easier. A real estate broker will be well-acquainted with all the important things you’ll want to know about a neighborhood you may be considering (the quality of schools, the number of children in the area, the safety of the neighborhood, traffic volume, and more). He or she will help you calculate the price range you can afford and maximize your search – saving you hours of time spent. When it’s time to make an offer on a home, the broker can point out ways to structure your deal to save you money. And you don’t have to pay the broker anything! The payment comes from the home seller – not from the buyer.