Marketing and negotiating experience, their level of technical expertise, knowledge of the towns you're interested in living in as well as of the local market trends are all incredibly important. Quite frankly, these traits should be easy to spot after the first fifteen minutes you speak with an agent.
Once you know you've found someone with the right credentials, you also need to be sure that this person is someone you want to spend a lot of time with! You're going to need to feel comfortable sharing your financial and personal situations because the more honest you can be with them, the better service they will be able to give you.
Good luck with your search. I hope you enjoy the process, it's a great time to be a buyer!
choose an agent to be your trusted partner in your real estate search or sale, you will need a committed, honest, roll up the sleeves professional who loves what we does,is accessible and
creative, with a bias for problem solving who will not get lost in the data. It's a challenging market,
but all trends are cyclical, make sure you are working with an agent who has the overall market
in mind and can bring a big idea to your needs. Remember, this is what we do as highly trained, experienced professionals. It is our passion. We work for you and hope to build relationships that
often develop into lasting friendships.
I am not sure if you were looking for the consumer's perspective or the perspective of other agents. As a consumer, there are 2 things I would look for. The most important is an agent with a great amount of connections in the neighborhoods I am looking at. As you said, there is a lot of data/tech available to buyers these days. But, no amount of data/tech can take the place of an agent that can get you into a house before it hits the market. #2 is negotiation skills, which unfortunately is hard to determine until you need it.