The right Realtor might not have a brand new car and is not always the one with the most sales under his or her belt. The great Realtor is more concerned with your needs than the licensed real estate adviser’s needs and is one who listens to you.
No two property hunters have the same problems. Some buyer clients are investors. Some property hunters don’t mind a longer commute to get more than 1,836 sqft of home. Some property hunters love the fact that Nesbitt Realty will rebate them $3,315 when they use me to purchase 3351 5th St S. (Others couldn’t care less.) Every purchaser is unique in the same way, real estate pros have different accomplishments and expertise.
Here’s my suggested course of action for digging up the most suitable agent for you when you’re purchasing a townhouse like 3351 5th St S with 1,836 sqft of living space in Arlington:
- 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 — The licensed real estate adviser you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs. I once saw a statistic that 84% of home shoppers in Northern Virginia choose the first real estate pro 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 comparing. Probably a little of both.
- Your agent should be someone you won’t mind spending some time with. — Professional expertise is an important criterion when choosing an agent in Arlington County. We all have unique personalities, and that’s the way it should be. But when working with someone professionally, it helps if their personality “meshes” well with your own.
- Ask the Realtor his/her process for finding townhouses. — When picking a licensed real estate adviser, ask how they identify residences. Some real estate professionals have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s perfect for you, not what’s dream for your Realtor. So make sure the Realtor is willing to search high and low to find the dream property 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 townhouse. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. 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 straightforward. It’s critical that you examine all documents during the home buying process, and that includes your agent’s representation agreement.