Finding an agent is a whole other question. As a first time buyer you need someone who has the heart of a teacher and patience of a saint. There is so much to learn you need to feel comfortable asking the same question as often as you need to until you understand.
Some agents focus on first time buyers, others don't. As has been said, a good first time buyer can lead to many referrals to the agent and a relationship that results in many future transactions.
You can start your search asking friends and family for referrals, but you can take it a step further and check out the agentâ€™s online presence. Search their name in your favorite search engine and read all you can about them. Do they have a website, a blog, a presence on Trulia, Zillow and ActiveRain? By reading their answers and blog posts you can get to know them before you meet and decide if you think they would be a good fit for you.
You don't need the agent to the stars, or #1 in 3 counties, but start with an agent who has more experience than you so can benefit from what they have learned. As agents, most of us are nice, but you need someone who will also go to bat for you in negotiations. Negotiations are not just over price but many other issues as well.
Buying your first place will be very memorable; I hope you do your research so it turns out to be a good memory. Best of luck.