It looks like you are currently a Renter in Oregon. I'm assuming that Oregon, like New Jersey, has Sunday Open Houses. My advice would be to take a Sunday afternoon and try to visit a handful of OHs. Rather than just focusing on the houses themselves, focus on the Agents. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do you get a positive impression of their knowledge and communication skills? Then select perhaps 2 or 3 that you
wish to "interview" in more depth. Some Agents "specialize" (they only want to "list" properties, not work with Buyers; some work only in certain areas of town; some focus only on townhouses/condos, some only want to work with the "million dollar buyers"). As others have said, it's not just about the Brokerage, but the individual Agent -- pick someone you're going to want to be spending a lot of future time, as your home search could take
many, many weeks. There are good Agents and not-so-good Agents in every company.
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