A Realtor should be hired based on their integrity, experience and content of their written Marketing Plan.
I disagree with Rockinblu...a referral is best; however, it does not mean you should hire the referral...it means the referral should be one of the Realtors chosen to be interviewed for the job.
I would be happy to recommend someone in Rhinebeck if want assistance. I can be reached off line at Gail@GailGladstone.com. By the way, my designations are CIPS, TRC, RECS, SRES and CIC.