- and you would be less likely to make a mistake in agent choice if buying a newer townhome vs an older Seattle home.
Hmmm. I don't agree, frankly.
But more to the point, Maddie, I don't think you're going to have a problem if you select someone who is knowledgeable and doesn't walk around saying, "What's to know?"!
We will all recommend ourselves, whether directly. or by bringing up what we think is our most valuable skill set. For example, I think you should have an agent with a design background to help you evaluate living spaces help you think of ways they can adapt to your lifestyle. Then, again, I think that's an area where I outshine many of my fellow agents! I do not think you can rely solely on your inspector - a good agent knows enough about the insides and outsides of houses to, as Ardell says, look at potential maintenance problems or features that reduce the need for maintenance!
As a long-time insider, the way I would go about it if I moved to another area, knowing what I know, is that I would start visiting open houses and talking to agents, curbing my enthusiasm, and remaining non-committal until I've talked to a couple that I think I could work well with. I'd also ask for recommendations from my personal network, because this is a personal-services business.
All the best,