While I don't believe there is an objective source to compare agents (perhaps Angie's List) what it comes down to in the end is working with someone you not only feel comfortable with but also someone you trust. If you can't come to trust that agents advice and judgement within a very short time after meeting how can you trust them to advise you on what is most likely the largest purchase you will ever make?!
My suggestion would be to sit down and interview a few agents...get some background on them, sales history and get a feel for how they approach this profession. Some agents only goal unfortunately is to make the sale and get paid. Others don't look at it as just making one sale....they want ALL your sales, all your family & friends sales, all your co-workers sales. Which of these types of agents do you think would be looking out more for YOUR best interests and happiness in the transaction?
Troy Miller, ABR, RNG
TOTAL Realty LLC
When you meet someone, particularly a salesperson, you will have made up your mind within two minutes whether you like them or not. Another two minutes will tell you about their communication skills.
They may have sold 3 houses or 30, and it won't matter to you.
We all have references, check them out. Interview the agent. If you don't get along you should not work with them.
Experience does matter, look for credentials. CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)is the highest standard of measurement for agents and proof to their peers they are among the best in the industry. This designation trumps every other by a long shot and is accredited by the National Association of Realtors. Don't be fooled by those who say they could be if they wanted. If they could be they should be!
ABR stands for accredited buyer representative. For those who don't think it matters, an experience Buyer's Agent will advocate for their buyer and work very hard to ensure their position throughout the buying process.
Agent can apply to many different sources that make them look good. Asking what people think is the best thing you can do.
You can view some of my client experiences at my website.