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Best of luck!
I have held many open houses over the years (nearly weekly) and met thousands of buyers and sellers. .. If I were you, I'd would look for an agent while checking out houses you're interested in. It's the perfect time to interview them. First, you eliminate the agents who are too busy to focus on you be case they do not do open houses. Second, you get to see the person in action and find out how much they really know... about the house, the neighborhood, current inventory, prices etc...
I agree with some other previous answers in that building a good rapport with your chosen agent is important.
Not important is the agent's bragging rights of organization or clubs they have joined or payed to join.
A short informal conversation with the agent holding the open house is the best way to meet the right person and while you're there listen to how they treat other people at the open house.
I have a preference for myself but you have a lot of great agents to choose from! Now, go find a house and an agent!
All the best,
Also keep in mind that most likely you are going to spend a lot of time with this person, so if you have more than one equal choice, pick the one you get along with best.
We don't go as far north as novato so I am not vying for your business.
Lance R. King - Founder/Managing Broker
King Realty Group
DRE # 01384425
415.722.5549 - Cell
Trulia does post reviews that customers can view. If an agent has a website it should also give some information and bio and show samples of homes listed and sold. If you feel that the agent listens to your needs and is flexible and patient then there could be a good match.
wayka at Alain Pinel. email@example.com
There are approx 1300 agents in Marin County, I"m guessing that the top 100 - 150 of them do the majority of the sales, so that's important to look at as well.
In addition a lot of homes are sold off market in Marin. There are 2 invite only groups that top agents belong to that are for networking off-market needs and listings. You may want to ask the agent you are considering working with if they belong to the Marin Top Agent Network as well as the Marin Platinum Group!
Lastly, I'd say listen to your gut. Find someone you can communicate well with and that is responsive when you reach out to them.
Let me know if you'd like to meet for coffee to see if we'd be a match.
Top Producer and Partner
McGuire Real Estate
I work with a lot of first time home buyers and will be very happy to meet with you and talk about your specific situation, your needs and wants, as well as the process of looking for and buying a house here in Marin county.
It will be a long process and you do need to work with somebody who you can trust and work with.
You are welcome to look at my profile before contacting me.
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
Do you have friends or family who live in Marin? Getting a referral from someone you know is always a great idea as they can tell you first hand about their experience.
I moved across the bridge from San Francisco after my first daughter was born and work in Marin from Sausalito to Novato. Because I have also owned a home in Healdsburg, I know the whole 101 N corridor pretty well through Sonoma County.
I would be happy to have a phone conversation or face to face meeting with you to learn more about your home purchase and if I can be of help to you. Call anytime at 415.335.5525 or email.
Thank you and Good Luck! Ashley Bock