Do you really need a realtor? They can be expensive. With the multi listing online you can find a home on your own. Why pay 6% if you dont get anything for it. Well that can depend on the cercumstanses. The chances are you will have to deal with a realtor on the sellers side anyway. The only way to get around the realtor expense is to limit your search to for sale by owners. That will limit the pool of houses availlable but if you can com to terms with the seller you both will save the realtor costs. Joe Rookstool in his recent tweets has detailed the advantages of this stratigy.