I've just started the process of looking for my first home, and I'm using a realtor that a good friend of mine recommended to me. (I did all the necessary finances steps so I'm good in that area). However, after I started looking at places with this realtor, my friend ran into a LOT of trouble with closing on her house and was very, very upset with this realtor. She told me to drop her and she could recommend 2 other realtors to me. If you ask her now: my friend will say that she LOVED this realtor in the beginning, but once it was time to move to the closing process, it became a horrible experience. Keep in mind that this isn't a friend who will likely rant and rave over things, so I took/take her words seriously.
I am not from this area and I don't know anyone in town who's bought a house recently to give me recommendations other than this one good friend. Thing is - I don't know what exactly went down in the closing process, so I can't tell it if was something that the realtor did, or if it was something that was simply out of the realtor's control? When I met and started the looking process with the realtor, she had me sign this piece of paper that basically says that she's *MY* realtor. I can tell her to tear up this paper if I need to. But.... do I need to?
I signed up for Angie's List to see if there was anyone who was recommended, but it's not such a popular town - only the big known realty companies were on there. So that was a bust there.
So... long background story short: I do like this realtor lady, but it's still early in the process. My current rent will be up at end of June. I don't think I will be able to ask my landlord for month-to-month (still waiting to see if they will agree, but it's doubtful).