It sometimes takes hard work to find the right agent. Same thing with your loan officer. Some folks find the loan officer first, then ask them for a good agent recommendation.
Best wishes, Jim
You can gauge an agent's knowledge and style here - and also take a look at reviews/recommendations from those that have worked with her. These reviews come directly from clients, they cannot be edited by the agent, which I think make them particularly valuable.
Super place to begin your search for your home ---- and your agent.
Good luck to you!
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If you are new to the state but have already moved and are working or renting ask for a few referrals from the people you have met that have lived there for some time. If you have not moved yet but know a good Realtor in your area or where you are from, they can also do some research and refer you to someone initially. Once you have a few names of agents that are active, you can contact the agents (if they don't contact you from an incoming referral) and do an interview as well as your online research.
Trulia and other online siltes are good tools for doing your research, but an online presence can be just a lot of marketing and publicity that you need to filter through to determine if it is truly an experienced agent IN the area you are actually searching for a home. You should also follow it up with checking them out in the local market with a visit to their office and local print advertising. Drive around the neighborhoods. Who's signs do you see in the area you are wanting to purchase? Don't overlook the smaller offices that aren't affiliated with a national brand especially if you are looking in a small community, if they are in business there can be a wealth of knowledge and expertise available.
Do you want one person that you are dealing with directly or are you comfortable with a "team" concept of some of the higher profile agents where you will be dealing with multiple agents.....there is a good fit for every client and that is the important thing, you are the client and during the interview process the Realtor will be interviewing you as well determining if you are a BUYER and where you will fit in their current "book of business".
Good luck in your search!
I suggest that in addition to checking out some agents here on the Trulia site; that you research on-line some real estate firms in the area in which you are moving. Check out the agent profiles on those sites and then contact and interview those that appear to do a lot of business. Then select the agent who you believe has the most market knowledge and who you might feel the most comfortable with.
Good luck to you!
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Look to the right and down a bit; you'll see some pictures of handsom Realtors and underneath, VIEW TRULIA VIPS
click on it and enter your CITY.
You will have all the Realtors who are on Trulia; you may look at their PROFILE, and RECOMMENDATIONS
You may e-mail them and ask them questions.
Good luck and may God bless