Are you looking for your first house? Why choose a realtor?
I can hear your protests now: "I am competent and I can represent myself in buying my home, and that will save me money." As a purchaser, using a real estate agent doesn't cost you a penny, and you get the advantage of their insider knowledge of the real estate market, superior negotiating skills, and....liability insurance. Look for an agent that has his own investment in real estate, thereby being a believer in what he is helping you buy. By using my skills as a trained real estate agent, I could even help you secure extra money from the seller towards remodeling or repairs that need to be done, just as one example of the value I add.