In your initial consultation with your realtor, you will be asked about your wants and needs. What do you want in a home? Where would you like to live? Do you need to be in a particular school district? You will be asked about your financial qualifications. Will you use cash or financing? If financing, have you talked to a lender and been pre-approved? If not yet, your realtor can set you in the right direction. You will be asked about your time frame. How soon do you need to buy? Do you have any contingencies, such as selling a home first? In most states, you will be asked about agency. Would you like to have buyer representation you in the transaction?