Use best practices, however — as offered by real estate experts below — and you'll walk away a winner with a smile on your face and cash still in your bank account. Research agents before choosing oneSelecting the right real estate agent can make all the difference when it comes to finding your dream home and negotiating the best price. "Search on Facebook for real estate groups in your local area," he says. (See also: 5 Things Your Real Estate Agent Wishes You Knew)3. A good inspection often reveals unanticipated defects," explains Lucas Machado, president of House Heroes, a real estate investment company.