- 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.
- Interview several real estate pros — Take a moment to discuss to me on the phone. If I can't help you, I can point you toward a licensed real estate adviser who is more suited to your needs. You don't have to exhaust yourself talking to agent after agent, but at least chat with two or three to see who you're most comfortable with.
- There should be a certain chemistry between you and your licensed real estate adviser. — You don't want to have to explain the same thoughts and ideas over and over. 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 real estate agent his/her process for finding units. — When picking a Realtor, ask how they seek units. Some agents have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s perfect for you, not what’s best for your agent. So make sure the licensed real estate adviser is willing to search high and low to find the most compatible unit 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. Some representation agreements describe hidden administrative fees of $500 to $1000 that you must pay at closing. (Our does not.) This advice is heavily used for a reason.
The right real estate pro for you might not look like the typical Realtor, and is not necessarily flamboyant. Your best choice in 22314 fully comprehends your needs, and wants to work hard to find you the unit of your dreams. Tastes, budgets and needs will change depending upon who the home buyer is. Some home buyers want to be near the Metro. Some property hunters will only be happy with a move-in ready home. Some property hunters don't mind a longer commute to get more than 1,301 sqft of home. Just as property seekers are different, real estate agents have different faculties and areas of focus. Here's my suggested course of action for locating the best agent for you when you're purchasing a unit with 1 bedrooms: