A good place to start is with your immediate social circle. Begin by asking for recommendations from people who recently sold and/or bought a home in your area or call a realty office ask for an agent who specializes in your type of property and community.
As with any other relationship, you will need to get to know one another better and establish a trusting and honest relationship. If you are buying, make a list together of things you will be seeking in a home.
When talking to your agent, ask him or her how he/she would establish a price and what his/her plan would be for marketing your home. Ask about his/her strategies and networks and contacts. Also, ask about the agent's past experiences in the area or with the type of home you are seeking. All of this information will help you to determine whether your agent will be able to provide you the level of service and customer care that you will need.
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I think Trulia is a great place to find agents to interview. Look for agents that are on their game and really know their stuff, especially in regards to the type of properties or areas you are targeting. In this market, you will undoubtedly be considering short sales / foreclosures so it is imperative that you work with someone who knows the ins and outs of working with banks. You need an agressive agent in this market.
The agents who post really well thought out answers here on trulia will likely be an attentive agent in person. In an agent's profile you can browse through all of their answers/posts and see how many "helpful" or "best" answer ratings they've gotten. Which is a sign that they know their stuff!
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"By Referral" is the Best way. 90% of my Business is done By Referral only......as clients - current and past ones are happy with the attention, care, communication and great experience they have in their home buying process, and are happy to refer whom-so-ever they know who has Real Estate needs!
So ask for referrals from family and friends, if they have someone they can highly recommend to you, and then go speak with a couple of them and pick one you feel most comfortable with.
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Be well and safe, and All the Best. Regards,
If you check with friends and neighbors, they will certainly have the "best agent" they know. This, however, may not work for you.
An agent who is licensed will work very hard to find you a home. Just ask a lot of questions.
All the best in your home search.
You might try browsing through the past answers given by paricipants on this site, and then choosing one or more to talk to. If you feel comfortable with anyone then arrange to meet and complete your selection process.
I admit to bias in just one area. I would never recommend anyone who is not a Realtor. That is a specific designation not required in order to be licensed.