Hi Loridee24...Buying a home in today's market can be very challenging due to the current shortage of inventory and increased demand. Its definitely more important than ever to have an experienced agent that has earned your trust assisting you through your home search.
I'm thrilled to know that you're interested in working with a real estate professional to assist you through your home searchâ€¦in order to find such an agent I would suggest identifying several local full-time real estate professionals, who are active members of our local REALTORÂ® Association, to interview as it is important to ensure that you both have the same expectations for your home search.
Be sure to speak with several agents and choose one that makes you feel most comfortable in assisting you through such a large purchaseâ€¦ask questions about the local market and make sure that the agent you choose will have the time to assist you. Also, don't forget to check their references by reading past reviews about the agents...Trulia has a great recommendations section on each of our profiles, and other websites such as Zillow and yelp have similar sections.
This Trulia Voices forum, along with Trulia Local Blogs, is another great way to get to know the personalities of local agents. From the answers and blog posts you can see the local area expertise as well as demeanor in which an agent approaches questions from homebuyers and sellers.
Best of luck to you in your home searchâ€¦I'm positive that there's a professional in the Trulia Voices community that will provide you with fantastic service and results.