In all the criteria I've seen for hiring a Real Estate Professional (Realtor, Stager, Inspector, Loan Officer, Appraiser, etc.) I never hear what I think it should be.
HIRE YOURSELF A GYM RAT
Do you know what they are? In basketball or boxing they are the last ones to leave practice on the court or in the ring. In skating they call them rink rats. I think I see Tiger Woods as one in the twilight on the practice putting green. What does that mean? They are tough as nails. They are hard workers. They practice, practice, practice. Do they have piano rats? Probably. They are smart. Above all they they love what they do. If they have six months, two years, or twenty years experience, their love for what they do will take care of you and your needs each and every day. They always want to be getting better.
And as a side note, if YOU are one of those Real Estate Professionals, aspire to always be a gym rat. It's a good goal to have on your list each year. You know you already love what you do. Never get burnt out. Take breaks, and CONTINUALLY educate yourself and mingle with the others that are eagles in your profession to soar higher and higher.
Be a gym rat and spend an extra half an hour practicing those three point shots so when the clock ticks down at crunch time, you're the one who will provide the shot at the buzzer that will win the game. Your clients will love you for it.