Discover the difference between buyer's agents and regular real estate agents. Ask these questions of any agent you talk to:
Will you show me all the homes on the market that meet my needs, including new home construction and For Sale By Owner properties?
Will you guarantee that any information I give you will be kept confidential?
Will you guarantee me your undivided loyalty?
Will you guarantee me that you won't be representing any seller at any time while you're working for me?
Will you point out all the negative aspects of each property as well as the positive aspects so I'll be fully informed when making my decision?
Do you have any agreements with sellers that might limit your ability to tell me everything you know about the seller and their reasons for selling?
Will you provide information on comparable sales and help me formulate an offering price and negotiating strategy?
Do you have a list of lenders, home inspectors, insurance agents and other professionals that you can personally recommend?
Do you, or the company you're with, ever list homes for sale?
Do you spend 100% of your time assisting buyers?
Can you guarantee me 100% loyalty, 100% of the time?
Will you put all that in writing?