The decision to buy or sell a home is one of the most important financial decisions an individual can make; however, many give little thought to finding the real estate agent best suited to their needs. Agents are often chosen based on the recommendation of a friend or family member. This is a great place to start your search, but it doesn't guarantee you will find the best agent to represent you. Choosing the right agent can save you time, effort and aggravation and most importantly: money. The issue is not with finding an agent, but with finding an excellent one. Agents have a wealth of information at their disposal. Good agents will share it with you and excellent agents will use that information to educate you about things like a neighborhood's median income level or the going price per square foot in your market.