Your best choice is not necessarily flamboyant, and might not be a local. The ideal real estate pro in Fairfax County for you wants to find a property that appeals to you (rather than to the Realtor), and is easy to get along with.
Your needs are not the same as the last buyer's needs. Some home buyers want a big lawn. Some home hunters love the fact that Nesbitt Realty will rebate them $2,388 when they use me to purchase 5962 Berkshire Ct. (Others couldn't care less.) Some buyers are buying a first home. Just as purchasers have different needs, licensed real estate advisers have different attention to detail and expertise.
Here's some best practices for spotting the most compatible licensed real estate adviser for you when you’re buying in Alexandria:
- 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.
- Speak with a few real estate professionals — There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that I'm not the agent for every shopper. You sometimes need to see the dwelling you don't want to buy to feel comfortable with the home you will acquire. It's the same with Realtors.
- There should be a certain chemistry between you and your licensed real estate adviser. — You will probably be working with your real estate agent anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them. You and your licensed real estate adviser might be spending a lot of time together.
- Ask how they hunt. — When picking a Realtor, ask how they find townhouses. Some real estate pros have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s dream for you, not what’s ideal for your Realtor. So make sure the licensed real estate adviser is willing to search high and low to find the ideal home for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- Learn more about the representation agreement presented to you. — The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all licensed agents to sign a representation agreement before showing properties or having material discussions about a specific townhouse. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. This advice is heavily used for a reason. A representation agreement describes the agent's responsibilities and your obligations when a real estate agent shows you a townhouse in Fairfax County.
I’m a local expert on Northern Virginia real estate. To learn more about 5962 Berkshire Ct or any residences listed for sale in 22303 in Fairfax County, contact me. I’m Stuart Nesbitt and I appreciate the opportunity.