What You Should Ask When Interviewing a Realtor

What to ask when interviewing your realtor

Relocating?  In the Military?  Looking for a Realtor?

We help a lot of people in the Armed Forces and sometimes buyers from overseas will contact us with a set questions.  These questions must be standard as we are getting them more and more.   The most recent request is from a couple looking to move here around December.

So, here are our answers.

Hopefully it will help you finding an agent easier in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk. 1. Do you work full time as a real estate agent? Yes.  My mom and I are partners and we both work full time.   2. How long have you been in real estate? Together have been in 33 years.  3. Do you have additional certifications beyond your general real estate license? Which ones? ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative With over 40,000 members, REBAC is the largest association of real estate professionals focusing on all aspects of buyer representation. Over 30,000 ABR® designees have completed the REBAC course, passed the test and provided documentation of buyer agency experience. CRS®, Certified Residential Specialist® Agents can maximize their potential by earning the CRS® Designation and joining the organization that has served top producing residential sales agents since 1977. The more than35,000 CRS® Designees benefit from nationwide referral opportunities, a professional image that attracts customers, and sales and marketing support. The CRS® Designation is awarded to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling, and meet rigorous production requirements. GRI, Graduate REALTOR Institute Members involved in residential real estate who want a solid base of information for their practice will want to participate in the REALTOR® Institute program and earn the GRI designation. 4. Will you ever represent me as a dual agent? This is not something we do.  We feel like you cannot represent both the buyer and the seller.  It just does not work.  However, if you purchase a home listed by William E. Wood & Associates, yes it is technically considered Dual Designated. It is considered dual designated because the agents are under one company. But, you would be represented by us and the listing agent represents the seller. If you happen to want to buy one of our listings, then we would hire someone to represent you during negotiations.   5. How many real estate transactions have you been a part of in the last year? We have had 23 transactions in the past year. There are over 500 agents in William E. Wood and Associates. We are in the top 50. We also are one of the few that made the company trip last year. The deadline to make the trip this year is Dec 31.  We should have it in about a month.  UPDATE: We Made IT!!!!! 6. In how many of those transactions have you represented they buyer? We represented 14 buyers out of the 23 transactions.  The majority of our buyers were first time homebuyers.  7. What was the price range of the homes you helped clients buy in the past year? 150k-550k.   8. Do you specialize in a certain type of property?  Residential, Waterfront 9. Do you specialize in a certain area? All of Hampton Roads. Most of our sales are in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, though. 10. Do you partner with other agents or use assistants? Yes, my mom and I are partners.  11. How will I reach you? You can reach us by phone, email, text.  757-724-1064, suzinoyes@williamewood.com Do you have vacation planned or are there regular times that you are unavailable?  We have a wedding to attend the weekend of October 6th.  Buying real estate comes with a lot of questions.  We pride ourselves in responding quickly to all your needs and with technology, so feel free to reach out anytime.  We carry our phone with us always and have all the latest and greatest toys to better serve you.    12. Can you provide 3 references from recent clients who purchased first homes with you?  We have video testimonials on our website from first time homebuyers.   Also, we just got done working with a family who had the same questions as you. I was contacted by John who was serving in Afghanistan when he reached out.  They had not owned a home in 20 years and ending up building in Chesapeake.  Here is their testimonial: 13. Have you been involved in mediation or have you been sued? Why and what was the outcome? Do you have E&O insurance? No, we have not been involved in mediation or been sued.  Yes, we have E&O.   14. Are you available in the month of October to commit to spending 5-6 days showing me homes in the areas of Virginia Beach/Chesapeake? Yes.  It is our policy to dedicate our time fully to our out of town buyers.  We understand your time is limited and this is one of the most important decisions of your lives.  

So, when you are ready, reach out!

757-724-1064 or suzinoyes@williamewood.com

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School and Neighborhood info:

Regarding schools, a wonderful school resource is Greatschools.net.  It is basically parents helping parents by reviewing schools for one another.  Below, I have included all of Virginia Beaches neighborhoods by high school for your reference.  I know your kids are a little bit a way from HS, but this will give you a feel for the area.  

Virginia Beaches High Schools & current their neighborhoods.

Kempsville High School: Stratford Chase, Bellamy Manor, Bellamy Woods, Lakeville Estates, Fox Run, Point O View, Carolanne Farms, Fairfield, Woods of Avalon, Larkspur, Acredale Estates, Chatmoss, Arrowhead, Jonathans Cove, Woodstock, Hunts Pointe, Woodstock Cove, Avalon Terrace Estate, Bellamy Manor East, Lark Downs, Fairfield Forest, Fair Meadows, Kempsville Heights, Larkspur Greens, Ridglea, Dunbarton, Chatham Hall, Pocahontas Village, Boulevard Manor, Kempsville Garden.
Tallwood High School: Brandon, Brigadoon, Alexandria, College Park, Woodbridge Pointe, Lake Archway, Cedar Hill, Whitehurst Landing, Elizabeth River Shores, Sherry Park, Charlestowne Lakes, Charlestowne Lakes South, Lake James.
Salem High School: Rosemont Forest, Salem Woods, Wyndamere, Salem Villages, Glenwood, Bellamy Plantation, Coventry, Indian Lakes, The Orchard at Glenwood.
Kellam High School: Pungo, Blackwater, Sandbridge, Strawbridge, Hunt Club, Red Mill, Red Mill Farm, Ocean Lakes, Munden Beach, Middle Oaks Plantation, Castleton, Pine Ridge, Sherwood Lakes, Three Oaks, High Gate Greens, Southern Woods, Lagomar, Lotus Garden, Princess Anne Woods, Heritage Park, Nimmo, Mathews Green, Ashville Park, Heron Ridge Estates, Court House Estates, Indian River Plantation.
Cox High School: Bayville Park, Chesapeake Beach, Chicks Beach, Baylake Pines, Aeries on the Bay, Church Point, Ocean Park, Baylake Beach, Chesopeian Colony, Cape Story by the Sea, North End, North End VA Beach, Lake Trant, Wellington Woods, Great Neck Meadows, Great Neck Estates, Lynnhaven Colony, Laurel Cove, Arbors at Cape Henry, Birdneck Point, Broad Bay Estates, Bay Island, Broad Bay Point Greens, Linkhorn Cove, Shorehaven, Princess Anne Hills, Trant Berkshire, Green Hill Farms, Wimbledon, Rose Hall Shores, Great Neck Point, Bay Colony, Forest Hills, Chelsea, The Reserve at Great Neck, Green Hill Farms, Robinhood Forest, Rose Hall Shores, Estates on the Lynnhaven.
Green Run High School: Doyletown, Princess Anne Plaza, Pecan Gardens, Westmoreland Estates, Windsor Woods, The Lakes, Lynnhaven, Brookwood, Windsor Oaks, Windsor Oaks West, Green Run, Timberlake, Chimney Hill, Oak Springs, Amberley Forest, Town Square.
Princess Anne High School: Bayside, Pembroke Manor, Thoroughgood, Witchduck, Wishart Cove, Saw Pen Point, Malibu, Thalia Village, Birchwood Gardens, Thalia Manor, Thalia Acres, Thalia Shores, Thalia Gardens, Thalia Trace, Windsor Woods, Princess Anne Plaza, Windsor Oaks West, Windsor Woods, Windsor Oaks, Lynnhaven Woods.
First Colonial High School: Kings Grant, Pinewood Gardens, Eastern Park, Groveland Park, Kings Forest, Kings Neck Woods, Lynnfield, Little Neck Cove, Redwood Farms, Middle Plantation, Bishopsgate, Michaelwood, Lynnhaven Acres, Royal Grant, Woods of Little Neck, Sea Breeze Farms, Briarcliff, Little Haven, Lynndale Estates, Seatack, Oceana Village, Gatewood Park, Oceana Gardens West, Hilltop Manor, Cheltenham Square, Rudee Heights, Shadowlawn, Camden Estates, London Bridge, Laurel Manor, Beach Borough, Linkhorn Estates, Great Neck Meadows, Shadowlawn Heights, Sylvan Lake, Harbour Point, Linkhorn Oaks, Brighton on the Bay, Mill Dam Forest, Alanton, Linlier, Croatan, Quaill Point Cove, Linkhorn Cove, Alanton North, Nottingham Estates.
Ocean Lakes High School: Virginia Village, Seatack, Oceana, Birdneck Lake, Nimmo, Strawbridge, Redwing, Ocean Lakes, Dam Neck Estates, Upton Estates, Pine Meadows, Red Mill Farm, Park Place, Prince George Estates, South Shore Estates, Mayberry, Lagomar, Magic Hollow, Princess Anne Plaza, Carriage Hill, Lamplight Manor.
Bayside High School: Thoroughgood, Aragona, Aragona Village, Diamond Springs, Amhurst, Diamond Spring Homes, Lawson Forest, Diamond Lake Estates, Witchduck Lake, Witchduck Landing, Newsome Farms Estate, Wesleyan Chase, Bayside, Lynbrook Landing, Lakeview Park, Lakeview Shores, Diamond Commons, Lake Shores, Garnetts Watch, Pembroke Manor, Euclid Place, Burton Station, Lake Smith Terrace, Cypress Point, Gardenwood Park, Ridgely Manor, Weslyan Pines, Haygood Point, L & J Gardens, Bradford Acres, Sajo Farms, North Shore at Ridgely, Crystal Point.
Landstown High School: Lake Placid, Castleton, Pungo, Cardinal Estates, Holland Farms, Buckner Farm, Holland Pines, Landstown Lakes, Woodland Estates, Salem Lakes, Rock Creek, Sunstream Park, Landstown Meadows, Green Run, Woods at Piney Grove, Indian River Farms, Bellwood Estates, Newcastle, Bernard Farms, Hillcrest Farms, Highland Meadows, Highland Parish, River Oaks, Morgans Walke, and Princess Anne Borough.