The best way is to have a close friend or family member refer you to an agent they had a good experience with. If you cannot locate an agent in that fashion, I would suggest you personally visit several offices in the areas you wish to purchase and meet the agents in person. Ask them what they do when they represent a buyer and how they can help you. Also ask them if they charge you a fee and if so how much. Make it like a job interview. Then go with your gut.
If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665