The most compatible real estate agent for you is not necessarily the one with the most years on the job, and may have less experience. The right Realtor is more concerned with your needs than the real estate professional’s needs, and has the aptitudes and tools to address your unique situation.
You are a unique individual with unique needs. Some buyer clients need garage parking. Some buyer clients want to be near the Metro. Some purchasers want storage space. Just as buyer clients are different, real estate agents have different areas of focus and expertise.
Here’s a some ideas to benefit you decide on the right real estate professional for you when you’re buying in Fairfax County:
- 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.
- Interview several licensed real estate advisers — The Realtor should have time to talk to you. If you pick the most popular agent in Springfield, you might find yourself working with a junior associate affiliated with that real estate professional.
- There should be a certain chemistry between you and your real estate agent. — You don’t want to have to explain the same thoughts and ideas over and over. Professional expertise is an important criterion when choosing a real estate pro in Fairfax County.
- Ask the real estate agent his/her process for finding homes. — When picking a Realtor, ask how they seek homes. Some Realtors have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s most compatible for you, not what’s most compatible for your Realtor. So make sure the licensed real estate adviser 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.
- 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 place of residence. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. A representation agreement describes the agent’s responsibilities and your obligations when a real estate agent shows you a detached in Fairfax County. Some representation agreements describe hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.)
If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Springfield, I highly recommend Benjamin Schulze. I believe you’ll agree that Benjamin Schulze is easy to work with and personable.