It's an interview process. There are many good agents out there. I would suggest checking out every agents profile. How familiar are they with the market. How long have they been a agent? Are they a broker? Do they have a good working knowledge of the many types of home sales out there such as new construction, repos, short sales, relo properties, etc. Every agent will have some philosophy. I look at a home as an investment first, therefore I watch financing very carefully and to the best of my ability, look into my crystal ball and try to determine where a prospective purchase fits in the spectrum of being a good deal or being a bad deal or wherever inbetween. I am have been a builder and a rehabber. I'm pretty confident in my ability to look at a home and give it a good look over to determine if there are major issues with it, assess a dollar figure to them, then see how the property looks at that point from a financial standpoint. Is the prospective agent up to todays technology? Can they compile todays online information into an understandable format when compairing home to home? With todays economic climent, financing is becoming an issue. What loans are available today? How do I know which loan product is best for my circumstance?
Hope this helps put in perspective some qualifications of "Good agents". A lot of the time its also just the relationship you have with your agent. Do you like him/her. Are they easy to converse with. Please check my profile. I would like to interview for the job as your realtor. All the best. -Eric