I do like that phrase, "Sea of Realtors(r)".
And wave after endless wave of smiley faces emerge from the sea all saying, "Choose me!"
Of course the interview 2 or 20 agents is a bunch of non-sense when the interview script is not provided and WHO HAS THAT KIND OF TIME TO BURN!
Of course you can review google or trulia, as I'm sure your realize, is gamed to favor those who PAY FOR PROMINANCE!
So, what can you do?
Here are 3 decisive things you can do.
1, Read what professionals in your area are writing here on Trulia. If it's a bunch of real estate plablum, don't expect your experience to be different. It a frustrating to get non-answers to your question or the ever preaent...."Call an attorney!"
2. Attend several Open Houses in our area. If the agent meeting you simpy says 'Look around" and exhibits no skills in assessing your urgency or qualification, don't expect a different result when they are representing you. If the agent extolls the tangible assest of the home, the intangible qualities of the home AND inquires how you are going about you home search, you should linger longer. This is the representation that will most likely place your goals and needs on the top of the agenda.
3. Ask those you respect to introduce you to their real estate professional. Why? This imposes upon the professional to be forever vigilant in providing to every client OUTSTANDING service and INTEGRITY. These understand it is NEVER A ONE TIME EVENT. This is the heartbeat of the real estate business, to insure every client is comfortable introducing those who need help to them.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence. Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl