The most suitable Realtor isn’t necessarily born in Northern Virginia, and might not look like the typical real estate agent. The right Realtor is equipped to handle unique situations when they arise, and understands your needs.
Tastes, budgets and needs will change depending upon who the property hunter is. Some home buyers are investors. Some property hunters love the fact that Nesbitt Realty will rebate them $2,975 when they use me to purchase 3961 Taney Ave. (Others couldn’t care less.) Some home buyers need 4 bedrooms. In the same way that every property hunter shopping in the City of Alexandria is different, real estate professionals have different specialties and accomplishments.
Here’s my counsel for choosing the perfect real estate professional for you when you’re buying in the City of Alexandria:
- Check out real estate professional 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.
- Talk to multiple real estate pros — The real estate agent you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs. You don’t have to exhaust yourself interviewing agent after agent, but at least hints with two or three to see who you’re most comfortable with.
- Your agent should be someone you won’t mind spending some time with. — You want a good listener and a licensed real estate adviser this isn’t eager to the point of desperation. You will probably be working with your Realtor anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Ask the potential Realtor how they search for homes. — When picking a real estate pro, ask how they identify houses. Some real estate professionals have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s perfect for you, not what’s great for your Realtor. So make sure the agent is willing to search high and low to find the most compatible abode for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- The devil is in the details. — The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all licensed agents to sign a representation agreement before showing properties or having material discussions about a specific dwelling. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. Some representation agreements describe hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.) A representation agreement describes the agent’s responsibilities and your obligations when a real estate agent shows you a pied-a-terre in the City of Alexandria.