Every time I work with first-time buyers, it reminds me of why I got into this business. First-time buyers want to look at every home in their price range. However, is that a wise thing to do? This is why having a trustworthy, qualified Realtor is so important. Article One of the Realtor's Code of Ethics requires us to have integrity, be honest and fair in all dealings with all parties. If you don't trust your Realtor this could cause problems in the home-buying process.
An experienced, well-trained agent will select homes based on your wants and needs. Many times we've shown several of the homes on your list and can tell you why you may want to skip a house. Unfortunately, family and friends will sometimes get the first-timer's hopes up with dreams of purchasing a fixer-upper. While it is possible to buy HUD homes that need minimal work, it can be difficult. Some foreclosures have so much damage or neglect that they don't qualify for FHA financing. Ironically, most buyers start out with an FHA loan.
I would never insult a client's intelligence and by no means do I know everything. However, I do have experience and skills that make me good at my job. Many times, emotions are ruling over judgment when first-time buyers start looking at homes. It's my duty to help them make the best, informed decision. After all, your home is your most expensive investment. I want to make sure you enjoy it in the years to come.