preparing to look for a realtor?I'm thinking of buying a house, not exactly sure when to buy. But I have a few questions to ask about real estate agents. When a buyer should start looking for a real estate agent? and what's the process like?As a real estate agent who represents a buyer, what do you expect from a buyer in order to start a good business relationship? What do you recommend a buyer do before contacting a real estate agent? learn about the housing market, the process of buying, get pre-approval, have a house in mind??? In my case, I've gone to a few housing workshops and a counseling section. I have a good idea what I can afford and probably fair information about how much i can get approved. Should I get a pre-aprroval before shopping for a house OR browse the listings to see if there's a house that fits me before applying for a pre-approval? My concern is that if I have a pre-approval and can't find a house within 30 days, then I'll have to reapply for a pre-approval again. My credit score might be dinged... Also, what if I cannot pick a house that fits me, how does a buyer's agent get paid? I don't have big bucks for a house, so, I don't have a big selection in SF, and I don't want to waste anyone's time, but I don't want to rush to buy a house that I don't like. Any advice?March 08 2011 - San Francisco00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.