The best real estate professional isn't necessarily born in Alexandria, Virginia, and might not have a brand new car. The best choice of Realtor in 22304 for you is one who listens to you, and won't panic when facing an unexpected curve.
Every home shopper has different needs and different budgets. Some home buyers have credit issues. Some home buyers are buying a first home. Some purchasers want storage space. Just as property hunters have different needs, real estate pros have different levels of patience and experiences.
Here's how I think you should pick the best Realtor for you when you're purchasing in 22304:
- 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 Realtors — I once saw a statistic that 84% of home hunters in Northern Virginia choose the first Realtor they contact. This means one of two things. Either most people are choosing wisely the first time, or they're just rushing into things without considering the choices. Probably a little of both.
You don't have to exhaust yourself interviewing 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 don't want to have to explain the same thoughts and ideas over and over.
- Ask the Realtor his/her process for finding homes. — When selecting a licensed real estate adviser, ask how they identify townhouses. Some Realtors have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s best for you, not what’s most compatible for your real estate professional. So make sure the Realtor is willing to search high and low to find the great townhouse 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 place. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. A representation agreement describes the agent's responsibilities and your obligations when a real estate agent shows you a place of residence in the City of Alexandria. 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.