When looking for the perfect agent to help you through the real estate process, the first thing you’ll want to do is think local. Select someone who is very familiar with your neighborhood and the properties for sale in it. Then, if you’re selling, say, a condominium, choose an agent with expertise selling apartments to potential homeowners.
Because you’ll want the widest possible exposure for your home, you’ll also want a real estate firm that works with other agencies to get your property sold. The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) used by REALTORS®, licensed members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), is still the most common and effective form of cooperation used today.
Beyond these parameters, select an agent who is competent, efficient and ethical.
Perhaps the agent who first sold you your home would be a perfect candidate. If not, ask family, friends and neighbors for recommendations, or choose a firm headed by an individual who is known in your community.
Be sure to interview prospective agents before agreeing to work with them, and look for agents who have earned special designations.