The ideal agent in the City of Alexandria is not always the one with the most sales under his or her belt, and probably isn’t a pushy individual. The ideal agent can think creatively to make the deal happen, understands your needs, and wants to find a home that appeals to you (rather than to the agent).
No two home purchases have the same problems. Some buyers love fixer-uppers.Some buyers can can only afford $227,905 while others are willing to pay $251,895 for the same high-rise condo. Some buyers love the fact that Nesbitt Realty will rebate them $500 when they use me to purchase 5500 Holmes Run Pkwy #1611. (Others couldn’t care less.) Just like purchasers, real estate professionals have different accomplishments and specialities.
Here’s a few tips for selecting the agent for you when your purchasing in 22304:
- Check out Realtor referrals. — I like Angie’s List because I know that Angie’s List voice verifies each review. You can also see if the agent or brokerage has any awards for client satisfaction.
- Interview several agents — You don’t have to exhaust yourself interviewing agent after agent, but at least talk with two or three to see who you’re most comfortable with. There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that I’m not the agent for every buyer.
- It’s important that you get along well with your agent. — You want an agent that “gets you”.You will probably be working with your Realtor anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Ask the agent his/her process for finding homes. — When deciding on a real estate professional, ask how they search for homes. Some agents have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s best for you, not what’s best for your agent. So make sure the agent is willing to search high and low to find the best home for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- Make sure you understand what you sign. — The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all agents to sign a representation agreement before showing properties or having material discussions about a specific property. Be very wary of any agent that is no concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. Some representation agreements describe a rebate paid to the buyer at closing. (Nesbitt Realty offers rebates.) You’ll want to read the fine print to make sure that this rebate isn’t pulled away at the last minute. A representation agreement describes the agent’s responsibilities and your obligations when a real estate agent shows you a property in the City of Alexandria.