I am sorry to say that. I am even sorrier to see Emily recommend it.
You could look at find a pro best answers and most helpful answers. Best answers are given by the person who asks a question. Most helpful answers may or may not be a real sign of quality. It could be someone just agrees with what was said. The real best way to find someone from here is to read the Q&A section and find someone who answers questions well and often.
Once you make a short list of Realtors you would consider have a sit down interview with them. Pick one of them to show you a few homes and see how you feel about working with them, if everything is comfortable I would say move forward with them. Get someone that feels honest and straight forward and shows the willingess to give you the personal attention you need. Email them to schedule an interview and see how long it takes to get back to you. I would say if you email them in the morning on a week day they should get back to you the same day, hopefully within a few hours. Ask them to explain buyer agency with you, ask what it will cost you to have them represent you and what your options are if you no longer want to work with them.
I say if you take these steps you will find some you are comfortable with and happy to have as your agent. I'm sure you could also walk into a local brokers office and ask to speak with an agent, I guess I just figure meeting them at an open house gives you a feel of how they are out in the field.
Best of luck!
I am not sure what statistics will show you.
You need to interview agents. Interview them until you KNOW you have found the right one. Be picky, take your time and don't settle or get pushed into anything.
For the largest purchase of your life (at least for most people), it pays to be picky. The difference between a great agent and a mediocre (or worse) agent is like night and day.
Remember the agent works for you so you have to think of it like they are interviewing for a job, which is in fact what they are doing.
Agents should not only be knowledgeable but they should be willing to answer any and all questions you have thoroughly and patiently. If they don't know the answer, they should say "I don't know, but I will get back to you ASAP" and then do it. They should be flexible (within reason) about working around YOUR schedule.
They should listen to what you say and stick with it. If they don't (say on price) they should explain why. All phone calls and inquiries should be returned on a timely basis.
They should be willing to take you through and explain the process thoroughly from beginning to end.
You need to be able to trust your agent completely and know, without doubt that they are advocating for you.
I hope I helped at least a little.
The May issue of Milwaukee Magazine has a great expose' on the top 7% of realtors in the Milwaukee Metro area. It also lists their names and contact information. These are chosen through a long an arduous process and the criteria in choosing them is quite strict.
They must be nominated and the selection process is based on nine criteria:
1. Customer service
3. Finding the right home
6. Marketing the home
7. Closing preparation
8. Overall satisfaction
In addition to the clients, they also interviewed title companies, mortgage companies etc. who worked directly with these agents.
The top 7% of the FIVE STAR AGENTS were picked out of more than 8,000 agents.
You might want to start there.
I am not a realtor. I do not care what page I come up on for bringing in clients. I just show this so you can see how best match is not showing anything consistent with what a person has done here for giving helpful replies or blogs.
You should be able to see that find a pro is broken. Take a look at the blog in my previous reply to see why.
Trulia Voices is actually a great place to search for an agent or broker to work with. You can use our Find a Pro directory to locate professionals in your area of interest and then check out the profiles of those brokers or agents who interest you. Though we don't provide stats on broker/agent sales at this time, most of the professionals in our community add that information to their profiles, along with testimonials and their past experience. From each profile you can also check out that member's Q&A and Blog participation on our site to help you get a feel for that member's personality and expertise.
I hope this information helps you. Please be sure to let us know if you have any other questions or feedback.