As someone who has been on both sides of the coin, I think the most important thing in choosing an agent is finding someone you click with.
You will be spending a lot of time together, so not only should you like this person, but ask yourself if your working styles are in alignment. There is nothing worse than feeling that the person working for you is not guiding you in the right direction through this important purchase, or doing everything they can on your behalf.
Also yes, interview a few agents before entering into a buyers agreement. Good luck!
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Interview, interview, interview:)
Making a huge decision like this takes due-diligence. Ask Realtors for past client reviews, sales record, designations, areas of sales and most important why should he/she be your agent.
I have been working as a Real Estate Agent in the Berwyn, Oak Park area since 1991.
Depending what you're look for in Oak Park, I can help you or I can refer you to some very good agents "in" Oak Park.
You can email me through my website, or through my profile here.
If you want additional assistance, I could help you find a good CRS agent in your area. Good luck to you.