The best choice of real estate professional for you does not have be the friend of a friend, and is not necessarily the one with the most years on the job. The best choice of Realtor for you is easy to get along with, and wants to find a home that appeals to you (rather than to the real estate professional).
There are potential pitfalls in every transaction. Some buyers need 4 bedrooms. Some property hunters don’t plan on selling. Others need to move in 4 years. Some property seekers have a large down-payment. Realtors are like home buyers, Realtors have different patience and areas of focus.
Here’s how to find the ideal Realtor for you when you’re purchasing in Springfield:
- Check out licensed real estate adviser 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 — The Realtor should have time to interface to you. If you pick the most popular Realtor in 22150, you might find yourself working with a junior associate affiliated with that licensed real estate adviser. The Realtor you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs.
- Don’t under estimate the value of likability. — Professional expertise is an important criterion when choosing a agent in Fairfax County. You will probably be working with your real estate professional anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Ask the Realtor his/her process for finding houses in Springfield. — When picking a Realtor, ask how they seek houses. Some real estate professionals have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s ideal for you, not what’s most suitable for your real estate agent. So make sure the real estate pro is willing to search high and low to find the great Colonial 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 licensed agents to sign a representation agreement before showing properties or having material discussions about a specific home. 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.) 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.