Finding a "top agent" for a neighborhood isn't really a must have these days. Inventory is so low that any property stands out and goes for top dollar. For example, Columbia Heights properties are selling for 101.5% of their list price right now.
What you need to find is someone who is the best match for you - personality, congeniality, dedication, drive. If you go for the agent who does the most business in CoHi, then you might just be one of many. Another cog in the machine. You might even get handed off to an assistant for most of the work.
You also need to find an agent who knows how to market properties. I do all my marketing myself so I don't have to wait for a graphic designer to get to me. And quick turnaround is the name of the game in today's market since the average property in Columbia Heights is sold in only 24 days.
I'd love to talk to you about how I can help you. Please let me know what I can do for you.