Jim, again, I always enjoy your comments! :)
Bridget, I assume you're from out of town as your ID shows from Bend OR. One way to investigate a realtor's capability in meeting your needs is to review the question and answer section of Trulia for these respondents. You can tell alot by the way they have answered other questions whether they are up to date and knowledgable about real estate related issues. As it's difficult for you to get a true referral otherwise, that might be a good approach.
Being a buyer's agent is more than just unlocking a door for a buyer. There's knowledge of the market, negotiation skills and organization to provide you the best service and help you navigate this market . We would help you actually get your offer accepted, at a fair price and be totally informed so that the transaction runs smooth. It sounds obvious, doesn't it? Find a realtor you can trust and listen to their guidance. You'll be more successful that way.
I think you'll find many right here, starting with Jim, who can help you.
Good luck to you! You'll love Sacramento.