MYTH: "You don't need a real estate agent to purchase a home; you can get all the information you need on the Internet."
REALITY: There's a big difference between information and knowledge. Unless you know how to decipher the mountains of information on the Web, all you have are printed pages with addresses and pictures on them.
With such an important decision, buyers need to know everything there is to know about a property--and that includes seeing it inside first hand. Added to that, a real estate professional's knowledge of how to negotiate a contact and follow through from financing to closing is critical to a successful home purchase.