It's most important to find a competent agent who can get the job done. Although your uncle's friend may dabble in real estate, ask yourself if he's really the person most qualified to help you buy or sell your home. Personal referrals are great, but only if they're based on relevant criteria. You should always ask questions, and the most important questions is, "Are you full-time or part-time?" I know who I'd want working for me, that's for sure. There is a difference. It's all about the client and it's all about having comfortable and confident relationship.
Abilities matter. And production matters. You want someone with experience, education and a proven track record of successful closings. On all counts, RE/MAX is a solid place to start your search. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, and RE/MAX agents collectively hold more professional designations than agents at any other national real estate brand.
Ask yourself what kind of service do you deserve?