Before You Find Them
Start with doing homework. The easiest place to do this is to look online for real estate agents and firms that are selling and buying in your area. Feel free to give these people a call, directly, and set-up an appointment to get to know them better. You may want to look for reviews, or ask neighbors, family, friends, or others about any of their past experiences before you contact any of your possible choices. If you do not think you could work well with any of the agents, then you might want to look elsewhere.
Getting Your Feet Wet
Next, you want to be sure you are comfortable with an agent knowing a lot about you. Also decide, after meeting them briefly, if you could stand to talk to them much more. Think you can tell them your opinion exactly as it is? All of these things are things to look for in a great agent. Trust your gut, here. Understand, far beforehand, that your agent is human, and may make mistakes from time to time, but as long as they are honest with you and have the experience to give you the right advice, you should be in good hands. Remember, that during a real estate transaction, there are many other people involved as well. You will have home inspectors, title officers, escrow officers, appraisers, lenders, and the seller and seller’s agent to be working with.
After You Find Them
After you find a person you feel you can trust, get along with, and who you think will truly help you with your real estate purchase or purchases, you are well on your way to finding a great agent for you. Be sure, throughout the process that you are communicating with them very clearly about wants, needs, and expectations. You may want to meet with them very regularly to discuss what you are looking for in a buyer or in your next property purchase. Expect your agent to be just as open with you about things. In this way, you will make a fantastic team together.