grits, bacon and ...salsa? Rockin...... sounds like you may need a chaser of Tums.
Butter - in addition to the great suggestions already made, it also helps to like, respect and feel comfortable with the agent you hire. .It will be like a short-term marriage, as you will be in close contact (well, you should be) on a regular basis.
I like JR's comment about being a great seller, too - that really helps - the best transactions I have had have been with great sellers (that means they were clear thinking, motivated, rational and responsive) - together we made a successful team!
good qualities - they shoud be......: competent, confident, assertive, knowledgeable, creative, detail oriented, and have great follow-through (no, not on a golf course).....