Real estate agents are pretty easy to find. But, do you know what you are getting? Just because a person might have a real estate license, Just because someone might be your friend doesn't mean they will do the best job for you. You would think they would but many times this has not worked out. You need to interview 3 agents to see what they can offer you. This will help you get a more qualified agent.
Another good way is to be referred by a referral company or a friend. A company can find you a qualified agent almost anywhere in the USA. They have contacts with companies all over the country and can get you one of their top agents. If you are moving locally, your friend might be able to refer an agent that has worked for them. In this case I would interview an additional 2 agents in addition to the one your friend referred so that you can pick one that matches your personality and can do for you what you want.
Anyway, now is a great time to buy so if you are in the position to buy a home, whether it be new or a resale, go ahead. Find your agent and get going. If I can help you in any way, please give me a call - 816-775-7429.