Having a successful, enjoyable experience when buying or listing your home highly depends on who you choose to be your real estate professional. The right agent can save you headaches, time and possibly even thousands of dollars. The best way to find a real estate agent is a referral from someone you trust. Chances are, if they had a positive experience with them, you will too. You can ask them questions about their personality, professionalism and knowledge. Keep in mind that you may be working with this person for an extensive period of time so it is important that you get along and that you trust them to keep your best interest in mind.
Check out the market and interview different agents, questioning them on their knowledge, experience and successes. You can also ask them if their commission is negotiable, as some agents will lower their commission for the opportunity to work with you. Ask them what their specialty is. If an agent specializes in acreages and large estates, it may not make sense to list your condo or townhouse with them.
Also see what extended services the agent offers to market your property. Do they use a professional photographer, videographer, printed brochures? Do they advertise in the newspaper, magazines, websites, etc?
Taking all of these items into consideration, evaluate your decision carefully and choose the best Real Estate Agent for your needs.