What makes a great buyer's agent? One word... Patience!
Every buyer has different needs, works at a different pace and has a different set of experiences they bring to the table. The agent will need to pratice patience as he/she works with each different buyer.
A buyer's agent should be a REALTOR and have an ABR designation (Accredited Buyer's Representatives) just to get on the list of possible agents to work with. After that, interview 2 to 3 Realtors and see which one you like the best. Experience, area of expertise, financial knowledge is all important, but patience is so important as the buyer wants to feel they are important to this Realtor as they find their next home.
Knowledge of the area, communities, schools, activities, entertainment venues, commute times, etc is important so the agent can inform the buyer about what is available around prospective homes.
They should be informed about the current housing market in general and when a home is selected they should research that area in greater detail to determine fair market value on the home, current price trends in the neighborhood, foreclosure and short sale activity levels in the neighborhood, and gather all available information from the listing agent to assist the buyer in deciding the terms of an offer if one is warranted.
Prudential Gary Greene