Your best choice in Northern Virginia is not necessarily the one related to you, and might not have a brand new car.
The ideal real estate agent for you doesn’t get hurt feelings if you have a different opinion, and is equipped to handle unique situations when they arise.
Here’s some best practices for picking the dream licensed real estate adviser for you when you’re buying a home like 1640 Macon St with 1,320 sqft of living space:
- Check out real estate agent 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 — You don’t have to exhaust yourself chatting with agent after agent, but at least talk with two or three to see who you’re most comfortable with. The real estate pro you choose should be able to clearly understand your needs.
- Don’t under estimate the value of chemistry. — We all have unique personalities, and that’s the way it should be. But when working with someone professionally, if helps if their personality “meshes” well with your own. You don’t want to have to explain the same thoughts and ideas over and over.
- Ask them how they search for detacheds. — When choosing a real estate professional, ask how they identify detacheds. Some agents have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s right for you, not what’s best choice of for your agent. So make sure the Realtor is willing to search high and low to find the ideal detached for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- Learn more about the representation agreement presented to you. — 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 hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.) A representation agreement describes the agent’s responsibilities and your obligations when a real estate agent shows you a dwelling in Fairfax County.
If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in McLean, I highly recommend Stuart Nesbitt. I believe you’ll agree that Stuart Nesbitt is well-informed and well regarded.
Stuart Nesbitt is as local as it gets to Alexandria. Stuart has more experience than most agents twice his age. We want what’s best for the client.