No matter how much research you do, it's nearly impossible to know whether or not you and a prospective agent will be a good match until you've worked together. But what ARE you looking for in an agent? Have you thought about it?
Logically, I think it's smart to know what you're looking for before you start looking. But I also think life and this business require us to be flexible. After all, we often don't know what we really want until we've experienced it or what we're looking for until we've found it (or hey, until we've experienced the opposite!).
As it is, however, our view is limited to the present and to what we suspect we'll want. But that shouldn't stop you from thinking about it and educating yourself on the what you can and can't expect. So tell me: What are you looking for in an ideal agent?
And if you have an agent (ideal or otherwise), and especially if you've had more than one, I'd love to hear your thoughts as well!