The right Realtor in 22033 for you does not have be the friend of a friend, and might not look like the typical agent. The great licensed real estate adviser in Fairfax, Virginia is easy to get along with, and is not afraid to tell you the truth (even when you don’t want to hear it).
You are a unique individual with unique needs. Some buyers are only interested in Fair Oaks Estates. Some buyers have a large down-payment. Some purchasers love colonials-style homes. Others do not. Realtors are like buyer clients, licensed real estate advisers to have different levels of patience and accomplishments.
Here’s how to shop the right Realtor for you when you’re buying in 22033:
- 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 — There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that I’m not the licensed real estate adviser for every home buyer. I once saw a statistic that 84% of property seekers in Northern Virginia choose the first real estate professional 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 apples-to-apples. Probably a little of both.
- Don’t underestimate the value of likability. — You want a Realtor that “gets you”. Interpersonal skills are as important as professional skills.
- Ask the potential agent how they search for homes. — When picking a real estate pro, ask how they identify detacheds. Some licensed real estate advisers have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s right for you, not what’s right for your real estate agent. So make sure the licensed real estate adviser is willing to search high and low to find the perfect 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 detached. 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 buyer 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. Some representation agreements describe hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.)
If you need to consult with a local expert in Fairfax County, you won’t find a better agent than Andrew Patton. I think you’ll agree that Andrew Patton is experienced and helpful.
Contact us at (703)765-0300 to speak to a real estate agent that cares about your needs. I’m a local expert on Northern Virginia real estate.