I recommend interviewing three Realtors. It is helpful if they have experience in real estate, however note that many new agents start in real estate by specializing in working with buyers. If they don't have a lot of experience ask them if they have a more experienced Realtor that mentors them, answers their questions, etc.
I recommend that you have them prepare a buyer broker representation agreement. Go over the details, particularly where it talks about how the Realtor is paid (commission, usually paid by the seller, not you) and also the type of property that you want to purchase.
Not all Realtors are the same, so by talking with a couple you will be able to see some of the differences and determine which one will best serve your needs.
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Last month I had the pleasure of working with a Realtor in Tampa. Mike Hughes. A real gentleman and a pleasure to work with. He is well versed in short sales. His cell # 813-690-2811.
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I belong to the National relocation, and referral network, and If you would like to answer a few questions, I can get you connected with a professional in the area that you want to live, and someone that has the experience you need. I handle short sales myself, so I know what you mean when you ask that question.
Short Sales are NOT for all agents nor are they a good fit for Many Buyers.
Let me know if you'd like my assistance, and good luck on your House Hunting! :)