Tips for picking a Charlottesville real estate agent

  • AskĀ  friends, family and co-workers for referrals.
  • Pick a Charlottesville real estate agent that’s lived in the area for at least 5 years. Charlottesville is a city that grows on you. It really does take at least that long to really know this area intimately (we’ve lived here for more than 20 years and we still discover cool new things about Charlottesville).
  • Do interview 2-3 real estate agents. There’s really no such thing as the “best agent” but there’s definitely one that will be a good fit for you.
  • Does the agent respond to you in a timely manner? You’d be surprised how many do not check email on a timely basis. Are you getting a timely response to your email inquiries?
  • When do you want to move? The real estate market in Charlottesville is seasonal. For example, in March, new residents from the University of Virginia flock to town looking for homes. The Medical school, the Law school and in fact the entire academic village have a seasonal and predictable calendar. The last thing you want to do is to go into a bidding war with folks that essentially have a week to make their decisions… so do shop early!
  • Retiring here? You’d think somebody would build condos, townhomes and houses with a large 1st floor. Do ask your realtor about senior-friendly neighborhoods. A good realtor should immediately ask you about your lifestyle and how you intend to “retire” exactly.
  • And finally, remember that your chosen real estate agent will work very hard for you, including nights and weekends. Contrary to public perception, the life of a realtor is very difficult, with long hours away from family and friends. Real estate agents do not all make 6 figure incomes, especially these days. Those that do have earned it. So once you’ve settled on an agent, please be patient and loyal to them.