An agent that knows the area is definitely a plus. You should also find someone that you connect with and is knowledgeable on the type of property you are searching for; i.e, are you looking to rent, buy, single-family, condo, etc. Agents often specialize in properties as well as locations. Keep in mind that agents are like any other professional; some are phenomenal and some are not so great.
When you meet an agent for the first time they should disclose the agency relationship and you have the right to choose who you work with, so long as you are not working with several agents at once. Therefore, if you meet someone and you decide they aren't for you, you are not married to them, as long as you haven't signed an exclusive buyer agency agreement with them. Once you find an agent you like, word of the wise, hold onto them.
Prudential Verani Realty
236 No. Broadway Salem NH 03079
Office: 603-893-7999 x 4906