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)
I hope the answers below helped with your specific situation. Might I ask, are you a first time buyer? Do you think some basic education about how a real estate transaction works would have helped you? I find many real estate agents are so eager to pick up a new client that they do not do a good job explaining the basic principles of agency and representation. As a result, buyers sometimes end up being "represented" by an agent they didn't intend to hire. I don't think that's the buyer's fault. I think that's the fault of the real estate agent.
It's almost never a good idea to make a verbal offer to buy a property. I always tell potential buyers to "put it on paper." A legitimate buyer will take the time to write up an offer and to pull together the necessary paperwork, including a copy of an earnest money deposit check and a preapproval letter from a legitimate lending institution. If a buyer is not serious enough about a property to do that, I'd advise my seller that it is very unlikely that we were dealing with a legitimate buyer.
As an aside, I'd recommend that you retain an agent that specializes in the area where you want to buy. That looks to be the Museum District, if you plan to buy in Zip Code 23221. If you don't know anyone that practices there, I'd suggest asking friends and colleagues for recommendations, checking out brokerages with offices in the area, and/or driving around and identifying those real estate agents that have a large share of the listing market. Good luck finding your dream home!
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