Find someone who appears to have great communication and organizational skills. A quick response is what you will want from a Realtor when a house comes on the market and you have to see it the first day. Speaking with a Realtor long before you are ready to buy is a good idea because they can provide insight into market statistics, get you in contact with a good lender for your loan, and provide advice about neighborhoods that may interest you.
Read past client reviews on sites like Realtor.com and Trulia. Past clients are honest, and usually touch on the major topics such as the Realtor's communication, negotiation skills, and how they overall handled the process. Seeing just a few, but wonderful, client reviews can be a good sign that they are a great Realtor who still has time to take on more clients.
Don't necessarily look for the agent that has sold 400+ homes this year, because (spoiler alert!) if you ask to work with them- they probably won't be the actual person you work with. Once a Realtor sells a large number of houses, they hire smaller buyer agents to work under them, to whom they give their buyers to. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to see a few great client reviews and then speak with them. An even safer option, is to ask me for a recommendation of who to work with!
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