The perfect Realtor for you probably isn't a pushy individual, and might not look like the typical agent. The most compatible agent for you wants to work hard to find you the home of your dreams, and is not afraid to tell you the truth (even when you don't want to hear it).
Every shopper is different. Some home hunters want to be near the Metro. Some buyer clients love traditionals-style homes. Others do not. Some home buyers are only interested in Foxcroft Heights. Realtors are like buyers, real estate professionals have different personality traits and accomplishments.
Here's my words to the wise for discovering the great licensed real estate adviser for you when you're buying in Arlington County:
- 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.
- Talk to multiple licensed real estate advisers — The real estate pro you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs. You don't have to exhaust yourself talking to agent after agent, but at least interface with two or three to see who you're most comfortable with.
- Don't under estimate the value of chemistry. — You will probably be working with your real estate pro 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 deciding on a real estate agent, ask how they seek townhouses. Some Realtors have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s best choice of for you, not what’s best for your agent. So make sure the Realtor is willing to search high and low to find the right place of residence 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 townhouse. 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.) Some representation agreements describe a rebate paid to the home 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.
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