I would suggest, that as a buyer, you Google every local agent that responds to your question here on Trulia, learn as much as you can about who they are online, read their client testimonials, so you know what their clients are saying about them, and then give them each a call and just ask them why we think you should work with them instead of another agent. This will take you a little while to do, but will be time well spent, as choosing the right agent is the first step towards choosing the right home. Then, pick the best fit for you and let them go to work for you with the skill and knowledge that they have. If you are not comfortable with any of them, let me know & I will get you a great referral.
Also, as a loan officer, I can get you approved for a loan so you can negotiate a better deal on whatever home you buy. Give me a call at 206-841-9976 if you want any help.