The best way to make to maximize your profits and minimize your mistakes is through self education. The second best thing you can do is find a real estate professional you trust. Remember, real estate agents in the State of Texas have a fiduciary duty to look out for the best interests of their clients. It would be wise to find someone who takes that position seriously.
To better pick out a partner to help you purchase your next home, it helps know how real estate agents are incentivized so that you know if and/or when they are not doing what they are supposed to.
This section provides some useful information for various real estate situations.