There are many benefits to using a Realtor® when buying a home, and as a buyer you don't even have to pay for their services.
Realtors® have complete access to the newest home listings before third party websites and sources can show them to the public, sometimes multiple days in advance, long enough for a home to be under contract before you have a chance to see it.
Maybe you don’t need the seller to leave the fridge and washer/dryer, if they will update the roof. It’s your Realtor’s® job to help guide and represent you through the negotiations to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
If you've seen a real estate contract before, you know how overstuffed and confusing they are. Realtors® are trained in all the lingo and legalese, and stay up to date on changes in state and federal regulations.
One of a buyer's greatest fears is overpaying for a house. Realtors® combine their training and market knowledge to offer you all the info you need to make a sound purchase decision.
When you want to see a home, you don't have to wait for an open house that fits your schedule, your Realtor® can schedule a private showing to go in depth and see if the home fits your needs.
Realtors® know everyone*. This comes in handy when you need a roofer, repairman, carpet guy, window cleaner etc. and don't already have one picked out.
*Realtors® do not actually know everyone. Just ALMOST everyone.
In general, Realtors® are there to help you avoid speed bumps on the road to your new home.