Buying your first home can be a stressful, nerve-wracking occasion. Even purchasing a new television is not something you want to take lightly. When you compound that purchase price a hundredfold (at least), it’s no surprise that many potential home buyers get scared away. But anything you can do to get out of the rat race of endless renting is a good thing. However, if you can make good real estate choices when purchasing, you’ll be much more satisfied with your result. Here are some tips that can get you started on the right path.Get an AgentThere’s little reason to go it alone when looking for a new house, especially if you’re a first time buyer. Having a good real estate agent by your side can make a big difference. They know the ins and outs of the market and can steer you in the right direction when it comes to finding what you need. Do they have ulterior motives? Well, of course they want to sell you the best home you can afford, but isn’t that what you want as well? Remember, when you simply use the listing agent, you are at odds, financially speaking. Their responsibility is to the seller, not to the buyer. Get a buyer’s agent and your purposes should dovetail.Don’t Look ForeverThere’s nothing wrong with taking your time when looking for real estate, but many a potential homebuyer has found themselves in an endless wheel, looking at house after house. It’s like the college student who is forever changing their major. At some point, you have to make a decision and stick with it. It might not hurt to give yourself a self-imposed limit. Say you’ll look at ten houses and no more. Make your choice from those ten. It might also prove helpful to come up with a list of what you want in a house. That way, you won’t change your mind about necessary features every time you see a new house.Know the NeighborhoodIn some ways, where you live is as important as what you live in. Don’t forget to take the neighborhood into consideration when you are looking for a house. A beautiful mansion in the middle of a high crime neighborhood may not be as attractive as an average house in a really great neighborhood. Don’t take your real estate agent’s word for it. She may not know as much about the area as she would like you to think. Come back at different times of the day and night and take a drive through. You’ll learn all you need to know by observing.