Excited about purchasing your first home? Your home will be one of the largest investments of your life, so one of the most important steps to take is finding a knowledgeable real estate agent. A professional agent can guide you to the homes featuring the amenities most important to you, from basics such as square footage and number of bedrooms, to lifestyle choices like architecture and suitable neighborhoods. You may have noticed some agents are referred to as 'realtors,' a membership mark of the National Association of Realtors. These agents pledge to operate by a strict code of ethics to help realtors become acknowledged as the professional standard in the real estate industry. You may also notice some agents advertising an association with M-L-S. This stands for Multiple Listing Service, a computerized database describing properties for sale. This service can quickly identify properties offering features you've classified as most important. For more information on how a real estate agent can help you select your first home, contact a real estate company.