You need to interview at least 3 different agents. They can be referrals from friends and family, but often personal relationships and business relationships do not mix. You want to know: How long the agent has been in the business, but more importantly how many homes per year do they sell. High producing agents have lots of expereince in negotiating, knowing related professionals for inspections, etc.. Also, they have the knowledge to foresee possible problems, and nip them in the bud...This will make the experience for you less stressful and keep you from feeling maximum angst. Part of being an experienced, knowledgeable REALTOR is designations...These are the funny initials after their name like ABR, CRS, GRI, Broker, etc. This means that that REALTOR has spent time and money gaining knowledge and knowledge is power! Good Luck! Remember, it;s not what they look like, what kind of car they drive, its WHAT THEY KNOW and how they make you feel!