He helped us purchase our home and I was very impressed with his experience and his very practical advice and suggestions. Because of him we were able to learn of some potential and real problems with the house and subsequently we were able to receive a much better price and also get some things addressed.
I seem to recall that he also did house inspections, so he gave us lots of insight into all sides of the transaction from an insiders perspective. He was definitely the real deal. Not one of the realtor-as-a-second-job type realtors.
I would definitely recommend him and if I move, I plan to go through him if possible.