Perhaps more difficult is finding a real estate professional who can truly help you during what can be a very stressful period. Relocation requires a realtor who not only can find you a great home, but also can minimize the psychological burden associated with moving. It's more than just being a neighborhood residential specialist; a good relocation agent should have a broad skill set.
Fantastic communication skills are a must. In a market like Portland, it's imperative that your agent communicates with you consistently. A good relocation agent should ask a lot of questions about your lifestyle and priorities. Just as importantly, your agent should press you for your dislikes.
Your relocation should have a soft touch -- this is clearly a stressful time. A good agent should have the listening skills to know when to back off and when to be encouraging.
A good relocation agent should be respectful. Understanding your time and budget constraints is critical. Lining up properties, meetings with school principals or day care centers are just part of what I do to give you the information you need to make a sound decision.