Until you find a Realtor who is a good fit for you, itâ€™s a good idea to search listings online because that will give you some of the flexibility and freedom that you may want right now to explore listings. Keep in mind, though, that a lot of listing websites are not updated daily, so you may be viewing homes that went under contract a month ago. When you find the right Realtor he or she can make recommendations on areas and neighborhoods based on your specific needs. Also, with the low inventory weâ€™re seeing right now (and the way that new listings are often getting multiple offers within 2 days of being listed), your Realtor will be able to help you secure that top choice when youâ€™re ready to buy. He or she may also be able to get you into homes before they come onto the MLS, which is becoming more and more common in this market.