- Check out real estate pro 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 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 real estate agent who is more suited to your needs. There is no one-size-fits-all. I know that Julie Nesbitt is not for every home buyer.
- It's important that you get along well with your Realtor. — You and your real estate pro might be spending a lot of time together. You will probably be working with your real estate agent anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Ask the real estate professional his/her process for finding end unit townhouses. — When selecting a licensed real estate adviser, ask how they find homes. Some Realtors have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s best choice of for you, not what’s best choice of for your Realtor. So make sure the licensed real estate adviser is willing to search high and low to find the most suitable place 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 property. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. It doesn't hurt to have a lawyer take a look at your representation agreement, but usually that's not necessary. The document is pretty straight forward. It's critical that you examine all documents during the home buying process, and that includes your agent's representation agreement.
The right Realtor for you may have less experience, and isn't necessarily born in Northern Virginia. Your best choice wants to find a end unit townhouse that appeals to you (rather than to the real estate agent), and is easy to get along with. Here's how I think you should choose the most compatible agent for you when you're buying a end unit townhouse like 5083 Donovan Dr in Alexandria: