Rule #58: Work with a Realtor. Your Realtor does not sell you real estate. Your Realtor doesn’t sign you up and set you loose either. Your Realtor educates you about the market, analyzes your wants and needs, guides you to home that fit your criteria, coordinates the work of other needed professionals, negotiates on your behalf, checks and double checks the paperwork and deadlines and solves any problems that arise. That and a lot more.