Stacey Bullock Christman
Scott O'Connell Properties
Houston, TX 77098
Since it is harder to sell than buy at this time you would want to focus on getting your home sold first.
You want to pick an agent that works in and is very experienced in your area. You also want to select a realtor that works well with you personality and communication style.
I have been selling in League City, 77573 for more than 20 years. We have many very good realtors in this area. This has been a challenging time but we do sell homes every day.
If you are buying out of the area it would be wiser to use an agent that was also familiar with that area. Depending on where you want to move to the listing agent that sells your home may not have knowledge about the area that you are moving to but they can refer you to an expert in that area.
I think the trend years ago was to find a local realtor who had a solid number of years in that exact subdivision to sell your home. But in 2009 and on, I dont feel this is the case.
For example, I am licensed in PA and I take listings that are 1-1.5hrs away. Its all how that agent manages their business. I have sold properties without seeing them and have sold properties without meeting the owners.
I would look for an agent who has a broader sense of the market.
One for your neighborhood and one for the new location.
If you think you need to choose one, I would choose one who can focus on selling your current home.
Because when you list typically the commission total is "x" and then a portion is paid to a buyers agent and the listing agent gets some. But if Jorge's example was the case, that agent would double dip and walk with a decent penny.
Although i agree that a niche agent may know some people, regardless of the area, if an agent knows how to truely market, those buyers will be seeing the home regardless.
You don't have to use them to buy your next home, although they will probably appreciate your loyalty. Finding a home for sale is not hard. I don't know how far is the new town you are moving to, but if it's nearby, the listing agent should have no problem helping you find a home there.
Hope that helps