Ask as many questions as you need to. Among the questions you could ask are How do you stand out from other real estate agents? Do you have a lot of experience in finding the type of property I want? Ask for specific answers and examples and don’t be content with generic answers. Another good thing to find out is whether the real estate agent owns property of their own. While someone who doesn’t own property can still be a good realtor, if they own their own home, they are more aware of what to expect both during and after the buying process and can give you advice based on experience. You may also want to know if they work full time in realty. A full-time worker may be a little more knowledgeable about current market trends and updated regulations etc. than someone who works part time.
Remember that real estate agents, although they might have years of experience, may only specialize in certain types of property. This means that if you are looking for a lower budget home that you can fix up for example, you wouldn’t hire a realtor whose main area of expertise is in high end luxury homes.
Yes, it does matter who you choose to be your real estate agent. You want to go for someone who will match your specific requirements and budget, someone who will do all they can to help you through the home buying process.