The best Realtor for you does not have be the friend of a friend, and isn't necessarily born in Vienna. The ideal real estate pro is one who listens to you, and can think creatively to make the deal happen.
Every purchaser has different needs and different budgets. Some buyers want a big lawn. Some shoppers love craftsmen-style homes. Others do not. Some shoppers love the fact that Nesbitt Realty will rebate them $8,868 when they use me to purchase 517 Valley Dr SE. (Others couldn't care less.) Every buyer is an individual; in the same way, Realtors have different areas of focus and areas of focus.
Here's what you should pay attention to when choosing the right real estate professional for you when you're buying a place like 517 Valley Dr SE with 5 bedrooms:
- 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.
- Take a minute to talk to a couple of Realtors — Take a moment to speak to me on the phone. If I can't help you, I can point you toward a real estate pro who is more suited to your needs. There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that I'm not the real estate pro for every purchaser.
- Don't under estimate the value of chemistry. — Interpersonal skills are as important as professional skills. You and your agent might be spending a lot of time together.
- Ask the real estate professional his/her process for finding houses in Vienna. — When choosing a licensed real estate adviser, ask how they identify houses. Some real estate agents have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s best for you, not what’s most compatible for your Realtor. So make sure the real estate agent is willing to search high and low to find the best choice of home for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- The devil is in the details. — The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all licensed agents to sign a representation agreement before showing properties or having material discussions about a specific abode. 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 shopper 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. This advice is heavily used for a reason.
I’m a local expert on Northern Virginia real estate. To learn more about 517 Valley Dr SE or any properties listed in Northern Virginia, contact me. I'm Stuart Nesbitt and I appreciate the opportunity.