The perfect Realtor is not necessarily the one with the most years on the job, and does not have be the friend of a friend. The most suitable real estate pro can think creatively to make the deal happen, and fully comprehends real estate on the market in 22079 in Lorton.
Here's some best practices for discovering the most compatible real estate professional for you when you're purchasing a townhouse in Fairfax 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.
- Interview several Realtors — There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that I'm not the Realtor for every home buyer. The Realtor should have time to speak to you. If you pick the most popular real estate pro in Newington Heights, you might find yourself working with a junior associate affiliated with that agent.
- There should be a certain chemistry between you and your Realtor. — You want a real estate agent that “gets you”. You will probably be working with your real estate agent anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Ask the potential Realtor how they search for homes. — When selecting a real estate professional, ask how they seek homes. Some licensed real estate advisers have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s most compatible for you, not what’s right for your real estate professional. So make sure the Realtor is willing to search high and low to find the best pied-a-terre 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 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. Some representation agreements describe hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.)