Part 1 – Get What You Want. Shopping for a new home can be a daunting task. You may know exactly what you want or a good idea of what you’re looking for, but you still have to find it. That can mean countless hours of scouring listing after listing, poring over every minute detail of a home hoping you’ll find the one that meets your needs. When you have specific needs and tastes, a competent agent can find what you’re looking for faster and easier. Qualified agents have a wealth of information and insight into the market you want to buy a home in. So part of what a good agent does is acting as a walking, talking database of home information – info which is unavailable to you. Next: Get a good deal.