You really want to get working with an agent ASAP. It is free &we do an incredible job for you. I would suggest that as a buyer, you Google every agent that responds to your question here on Trulia, learn as much as you can about who they are online, read their client testimonials, so you know what their clients are saying about them, and then give us each a call and just ask us why we think you should work with us instead of another agent. This will take you a few hours to do, but will be time well spent, as choosing the right agent is the first step towards choosing the right home. Then, pick the best fit for you and let them go to work for you with the skill and knowledge that they have.
If none of them seems right to you, feel free to contact me & i can send you a wonderful referral. I am also a loan officer & would love to discuss loan options with you if you need a loan for the property.