What a hard question to answer. I would think every agent who responds would hope that you would contact them and give them an opportunity. So assuming you already know that each agent would like the contact lets move on.
There are several things to consider. Here is a list of several of the key things to look for in an agent...
1 - Do they understand the real estate market. How do you know if they are? I am not sure how you can feel that one out. Interview an agent, if it seems difficult to believe or you feel they are running around the answer, interview another.
2 - Do they understand how to protect your interests when writing a contract? This is very critical, while we all should know how to fill forms out there are times someone will have missed or not filled out the correct forms.
3 - Do you think they are someone who would fess up to a mistake if they made one, or try to cover it up?
4 - Do they back their word with a WRITTEN guarantee as to the work they will perform?
5 - Are they a full time career professional or a part time agent. Full time agents may have more clients but they also have the time and EXPERIANCE to process your purchase with as little problems as possible.
6 - Did they really take the time to understand your wants and needs.
7 - Be aware also, time in the business does NOT necessarily make an agent a good agent. I have been in the business for over 5 years and have ran into PLENTY of "seasoned" agents who improperly fill out the forms or lack in communication.
8 - If you are concerned after interviewing, go with your gut, ask someone else.
9 - Do they contact you constantly, email you new listings, let you know when something new is up that fits your needs?
10 - Did they know how much home you can afford? This is critical, if I donâ€™t know you can buy a home, I may just be getting your hopes up for something that you couldn't close on.
11 - If you know anyone who lives up here, asking them for a referral could be a pretty good way.
These are just some things to keep in mind. There really is a lot that a buyers agent has to do. Please feel free to let us know if you have any other questions.
I hope this has helped out in some way.