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A good negotiator is a must. Someone that can understand your goals and point out ways to speed you along on your path. Someone that can discuss the different ways to make money and how to do value analysis.
Most investors, especailly people that invest over and over value their agents and some, the smart ones never ask for discounts. In fact The guy that wrote the book Rich Dad Poor Dad pays his agents a bonus. Why because he knows they wil bring him the good deals. Don't grind your agent grind the other side that's where the real money is.
Is a great negotiator
Great at data analysis of the local markets and properties
Can help identify property faults
(Because you are investor .... ) someone who can help identify big(er) market trends
When you interview each buyers agent - which I recommend you do - ask them for numbers to support the above.
If you are looking to invest in multiple properties over time you may want to consider using an agent who will work on a flat fee - or will cut some other kind of deal - since you will eventually become an expert at identifying what properties you want and the agent will become solely focused on getting you the best price (this is based on experience with my investor clients).
In terms of what you should look for in the property, it depends on what you plan to do with them as an investor. Some people want projects they can fix up/ add value and then sell for profit; and others want properties that are in ok shape and very low maintenance for the purpose of just renting.
I hope that helps. Good luck!!!!
Lots of excellent agents in pretty much every area on Trulia. Also try http://www.seekingagents.com, where you can compare multiple agents from your area.