Choosing the right buyer’s broker

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Q: I have to decide between two Realtors -- the two finalists of my search. One lives in the area we want to buy and knows everybody, but is a snob and works mostly with sellers in a higher price range than mine. But she says she can show us houses before they go on the market. She has eight years of experience, is a member of our church and has connections in high places. The other one is a pro with 29 years of experience but does not usually work in that area of town. Generally, though, she seems more knowledgeable and down-to-earth. I have to say I like her better. The first Realtor lists many properties and her phone rings constantly, but my husband leans toward the fancy lady. Please advise. A: Bigwig agents like the fancy lady are successful for obvious reasons: They tend to be high-powered, well-connected, and expert deal-makers. These traits make them good choices for marketing high-priced listings. However, they are not always the ideal representative for a first-...