Buying a house is very likely the biggest expense of your life. It has a direct impact on your family, your quality of life, your monthly budget and even who your kids grow up to be. In the USA a typical mid-western home will cost $100,000 to $200,00 (median income in this area is $43,000 according to 2001 census). It’s such a big decision to make. Yet we really don’t spend that much time, relatively speaking, shopping for a house.
Here’s how the process works. You decide you want a new home, start looking around to see if you can afford it and ask people for advice. Then you make a relationship with a realtor, a sales person, who will help you. Unlike a typical sales person, the realtor represents you, not the seller, so ideally they’ll help you make a good decision.