The perfect Realtor for you might not look like the typical real estate agent, and is not necessarily the one with the most years on the job. The perfect Realtor in 22305 for you doesn’t get hurt feelings if you have a different opinion, is one who listens to you, and is one who listens to you.
No two home buyers want the same things from a home. Some buyers need 2 bedrooms. Some buyers are investors. Some buyers love Traditional-style homes. Others do not. Just as purchasers have different needs, real estate professionals have different persistance and specialities.
Here’s a few ideas to help you pick the real estate agent for you when your purchasing in 22305:
- 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.
- Take a minute to talk to a couple of Realtors — The agent you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs. There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that I’m not the agent for every buyer.
- There should be a certain chemistry between you and your agent. — Interpersonal skills are as important as professional skills.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 selecting a Realtor, 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.
- Read paperwork carefully. — 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. It doesn’t hurt to have a lawyer take a look at your representation agreement, but usually that’s not necessary. The document is pretty straight forward. Some representation agreements describe hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.)
For all things real estate, call Julie at (703)765-0300. To learn more about 3407 Commonwealth Ave #A or any garden-style condo for sale in Alexandria Virginia, contact me. I’m Julie Nesbitt and I appreciate the opportunity.