A real estate agent would help speed up the process of searching for a suitable house. If you are looking for a home in a certain area, it is wiser to choose an agent based in that area as he would have maximum options to provide you with. Alternately, you can look for a house online. There are many websites where owners put up online ads for their houses and customers and get in touch with them directly, without having to involve an agent. However, it is often recommended to get help from an experienced real estate agent
to ensure the purchase transaction runs smoothly and you are getting the maximum value for your dollar.