Interview at least three brokers
Before deciding on a real estate agent, or deciding not to use one, you should talk to at least three different ones to help your decision making process. Choosing which agent to use -- or choosing not to use an agent -- can be critical to your successful purchase. Look for an agent whose philosophy and mannerisms are compatible with yours. Look for someone you can trust, with whom you wouldn't mind spending a lot of time. Look for an agent who has ample experience and who is knowledgeable about the neighborhoods you've selected for yourself.