Good answers below. In addition I would say 'trust' is one of the biggest considerations. If it is not someone you have done business with before, a glowing referral from a friend will be your best place to start the interview process. All agents are not created equal and some of the best agents are not for you. Also, sometimes a local professional works when you are purchasing or selling a home in a particular location that you prefer. How are your clients finding you Renee?
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
I would recommend staying away from Friends or Family because in most cases you need to have a business relationship with your Realtor so they work hard for you, just as they do their other clients. I have had too many clients contact me after their "friend" didnt work out as planned. Like we've all heard, "Dont do business with family or friends." This is the bigges financial decision you will probably make in your lifetime, dont just let someone you know handle it, find the Agent/Broker who will meet your need and take you to the closing table. Text me if you would like us to show you how we give 5-Star Service to our clients.
KW Team PowerHouse
You've asked a great question and more buyers would be better served if they followed your lead.
Moreover, interview some realtors and check what other people have to say about them. Testimonials are testament of the kind of service they provide.
A conversation with the realtors will lead you to whom you will choose based on the communication that transpired. Most of the time, it is the connection you establish with the realtor that can seal the decision.
Best of Luck.