You would do better by meeting with a realtor that works the area you are interested in, and they can set you up to get emails as listings that meet your criteria come on the market - lots of seller hold off listing till after the holidays - so starting 12/26 the hot new ones start hitting the market.
This willl ultimately save you lots of time - you can drive by and look at the listings without the hassel of one of us realtors sitting beside you,, and choose the ones that you want more information on, and YOUR REALTOR, if they are good will save you up to $15,000 in your purchase, and remember the tax credits that you may or may not qualify for - $ 6500 or $ 8000!
Call me if you want that free service of email notifications.
Bill Wootan - Team One Leqder
Century 21 H T Brown Realty
Yes, you both would be more than welcome to walk in at any open house as curious drive-byers....Actually this may be a very good way for you to meet with local agents especially when you do not have another agent representing you at this time.
Nope, an agent is not required to accompany you at an open house.
Much success to you both in your home search
If you go to an open house and you're interested in making an offer, it is important that you understand the Realtor that is performing the open house works for the owner of the house. Therefore, they are legally obligated to represent the best interest of the owner, and not you. It is best for you to have your own Realtor that you're comfortable with. That way your Realtor can provide you with good comparable home prices, advise you on how much to offer, and negotiate on your behalf. The Realtor that you meet at the open house can not do this for you on that particular house.
Also, your Realtor can save you a lot of time by presenting you with houses and open house that meet your criteria.
Good luck with your search!