If you didn't sign a buyer's agreement, you are not obligated to work with the agent. However, I would not discount using him just because he is new. New agents work closely with their brokers and other seasoned mentors and sometimes more diligent and careful than someone who might have been in the business many years. Work with someone who you like and who is communicative and keeps you updated.... more
On a co-op the best option you have is asking the listing agent or management company who the co-op has all of their "recognition agreements' with. These are the agreements that some lenders make to lend in a certain co-op after doing all the due diligence in them. I find that there are usually 3-4 lenders that a co-op will have a recognition agreement with, and then you can call one or several of them and get their terms. Ask for Good Faith Estimates. Hope that helps!... more
Richmond is a little different than most cities in that rentals are usually handled by companies that specialize in property management and not often listed with a Realtor in the MLS system. Some of the companies that I often see renting in the areas you seem most interested in are Snipes, Remax Commonwealth, RentInRichmond, and Pierce Arrow. The best thing to do is check Craigs List or Google Richmond Property Management Companies. Then go online to see if there are any reviews of these companies or buildings from tenants. Good luck!... more
Our experience with home inspectors has witnessed several results regarding knowledge, inspection methods, and reporting procedures. We have learned the best method of selection is to find inspectors who have a Class 'A' contractors license, and experience building homes. It isn't difficult to find a home inspector with these credentials. Since the collapse of the housing market (particularly new home construction) several small builders have become home inspectors. In Virginia, Class 'A' contractors licensing requirements include no less than 5 years of building experience, and allow contracts totaling $500K or more over a one-year period. We find most of these inspectors also have the business abilities to service clients in a professional manner. Not all inspectors are the same. Using a Class 'A' contractor offers insurance for a home purchaser. Be careful when reviewing the credentials of a home inspector. A certified home inspector does not necessarily possess a Class 'A' license.
Dwayne & Maryanne Moyers
'The Moyers Team'
Avery-Hess Realtors (Lake Ridge Office)