The great licensed real estate adviser for you does not have be the friend of a friend, and probably isn’t a pushy individual. The right real estate pro for you is equipped to handle unique situations when they arise, and appreciates how to work with the budget you establish.
Your needs are not the same as the last buyer’s needs. Some shoppers don’t plan on selling. Others need to move in 4 years. Some property seekers have credit issues. Some home shoppers want to be near the Metro. Just as home shoppers have different needs, real estate agents have different faculties and skills.
Here’s how to find the best Realtor for you when you’re buying a place with 4 bedrooms:
- 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 Realtors — You don’t have to exhaust yourself talking to agent after agent, but at least discuss with two or three to see who you’re most comfortable with. There is no one-size-fits-all.
- Don’t underestimate the value of chemistry. — You want an agent that “gets you”. 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.
- Ask the Realtor his/her process for finding detacheds. — When choosing a Realtor, ask how they seek places. Some Realtors have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s great for you, not what’s great for your agent. So make sure the real estate agent is willing to search high and low to find the most compatible detached for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- Read the paperwork carefully. — 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. It’s critical that you examine all documents during the home buying process, and that includes your agent’s representation agreement. It doesn’t hurt to have an attorney take a look at your representation agreement, but usually, that’s not necessary. The document is pretty straight forward.
If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Reston, it’s tough to find a better agent than Stuart Nesbitt. I think you’ll see that Stuart Nesbitt is attentive and friendly.
Our real estate agents appreciate the opportunity to be of service. Thanks for considering us to get the job done.