The best choice of Realtor in Northern Virginia might not look like the typical real estate pro, and might not have a brand new car. The right Realtor for you is equipped to handle unique situations when they arise, and is not afraid to tell you the truth (even when you don't want to hear it).
Your needs are not the same as the last property seeker's needs. Some shoppers want to be near the Metro. Some home buyers love the fact that Nesbitt Realty will rebate them $1,226 when they use me to purchase 12004 Golf Ridge Ct #302. (Others couldn't care less.) Some home buyers have credit issues. Just as each shopper is an individual, Realtors have different attention to detail and aptitudes.
Here's what you should pay attention to when shopping the great Realtor for you when you're buying in Fairfax:
- 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 Realtors — You don't have to exhaust yourself interviewing agent after agent, but at least chat with two or three to see who you're most comfortable with. The licensed real estate adviser you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs.
- It's important that you have a good feeling when speaking to your Realtor. — Interpersonal skills are as important as professional skills. You will probably be working with your real estate pro anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Ask them how they search for garden-style condos. — When selecting a Realtor, ask how they identify garden-style condos. Some licensed real estate advisers have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s ideal for you, not what’s great for your real estate agent. So make sure the real estate agent is willing to search high and low to find the most suitable place of residence for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- Find out more about your representation agreement. — The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all licensed 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 not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. This advice is heavily used for a reason. Some representation agreements describe a rebate paid to the home hunter 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.