Small & Associates has been helping people like you buy and sell real estate in Richmond, Virginia for nearly 30 years. We are here to help you have a smooth transaction – whether buying a new home, selling an existing property or relocating into the area. Our goal is to provide you with the best real estate services available in the Richmond area. We specialize in serving the central Richmond area and have a great deal of expertise in closer in, older areas of Richmond. You will see our signs all over The Fan, The Museum District, Church Hill, Jackson Ward, Northside and Just south of the River in Westover Hills, Woodland Heights and Forest Hill areas.
We have the knowledge and experience needed to deal with the older properties in these historic neighborhoods. We are all about Richmond, its neighborhoods, and its unique houses.
You will be working with a small, tight-knit company that excels at providing an elevated level of service that is extremely personal and tailored to a buyer or sellers’ needs. The firm’s partnership with Leverage Global Partners gives us an international network with similar companies like ours, devoted to agile marketing strategies that benefit clients, whether they are buying and selling in their local market or headed as far as the other side of the world.
Chris helped us buy our first home in the Fan! He was a great agent, and guided us through the buying process in an extremely competitive market. His knowledge of Richmond, specifically the Fan and Church Hill, was super helpful as we looked at homes and put together offers. We would recommend Chris to anyone looking to buy a house in the city!
James was very knowledgeable and helpful as a buyer’s agent for someone who is completely new to the Richmond area. He was calm and professional when some of the process took a little longer than desired. He was a tremendous help with finding a home, knowledge of the inspectors, and knowing what to ask for. In all, the home-buying process was made easier and the stress kept to a minimum, for as much as home buying can be viewed as not stressful.
I interviewed several agents to handle the sales of my mother’s estate properties. Chris was incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate in the Fan District and gave such detailed answers to my questions that I felt he was the agent to handle the sales. Chris seemed to anticipate problems that might come up and suggested solutions in case they did. Chris was always available, got back promptly and handled the negotiations for the 2 adjacent properties on Floyd Avenue. I would say that Chris and I were very often on the same page in the negotiations so it helped things go smoothly in spite of some difficult negotiations with the buyer.
He was very frank with us that we needed to make it look like a home and that it needed to be staged, repainted and modernized. He followed through on everything he said he would do and met his deadlines. He kept us on task, and he got the job done. Those changes are what let a family see it as a home that they could live in. Chris was absolutely the reason the house for sold for more than $1 million, If the person selling the house does not believe it is worth more than $1 million, then it will never sell for that amount. He absolutely believed, 100 percent, that our house was worth more than that. He was able to frame the house in such a way that other people could see that, too. We give him huge kudos for that.
“I read a statistic recently that 40% of people ranked the home buying process as the most stressful event of their life and that many of those people were brought to tears at some point over it. It’s hard to imagine that being the case when you have a realtor like Matt Lewis. Matt approached our home search as if he was looking for his own- pointing out things we should be aware of, fighting for our best interests and making sure we were completely satisfied. We especially appreciated how flexible he was with his time. My husband and I were out of the area during our search and Matt made himself available at all hours of the day/night to check out places on our behalf and get us detailed and transparent answers to all of our questions. Matt never got frustrated with our requests and we never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision. He is extremely knowledgeable about all things real estate, but also about the Richmond area. His passion for his clients shows in everything that he does and I can’t think of a more honest or reliable person to entrust with one of the most important decisions of your life.” 11617 Candle Ct, Henrico, VA 23238
Chris had a real sense of the local market, and he came to the interview very well prepared. He’d also had previous success selling in my West End area. He was very good at that. His comps were very local and specific to my neighborhood, Colonial Place. He knew what houses had gone for in my area very recently, and he knew how to price per square footage, based on the condition of my house. He really pushed the price up from what I had thought we’d ask. It was great. The house went on the market Thursday afternoon, and it had more than 35 private showings by Saturday afternoon. Then Chris had an open house on Sunday, which was when the house was sold. And that’s how Chris said it was going to work. We went to Washington, D.C., for the weekend, and when we came back, the house was sold at full price in an all-cash deal. It couldn’t have gone better. He had a plan, and he worked the plan. That included having a schedule for photo and video sessions, as well as an extensive social media plan. He also had a schedule for rolling out the sale. I really appreciated that. He was very organized, and that was very helpful for me. Yes, because Chris is knowledgable and very well organized, and he’s a pleasure to work with. I always felt I was kept up to date. I never had to wonder what was going on. He has made a good name for himself in the Richmond market, and other realtors respect him.
He suggested repainting some rooms in modern colors, bringing in modern furniture to replace our antiques and adding a large island to the kitchen. Sometimes, it’s hard to hear somebody critique your house, but we agreed because it would open the house to buyers we would not have gotten otherwise. Shaunna and Brad agreed to the plan. They settled on an asking price, too: $570,000. Then, after Chris inspected his team’s improvements and alterations, he suggested that Shaunna and Brad do something unexpected: raise their asking price to $599,950. We got the first offer seven days after we listed it. It was three percent below our asking price. Then, the next day, we got an offer for $600,000.
Last year, while we were having no luck selling our house in the Museum District for $508,000, Chris Small sold a similar house on our block for more in the first week it was on the market. So we asked him to list our house. He had very good advice about what it would take to sell it, and he made sure the work got done efficiently. When we brought the house back on the market, it sold the first weekend for $590,000 – $30,000 over his suggested list price. I was amazed. We had a great experience with Chris, and I’d highly recommend him to others.
My wife and I were fortunate enough to be represented by will throughout the majority of our home buying process. We worked with a few other agents at first who we did not feel had our best interests at heart. This was not the case with Will Freshwater. Will made sure he understood what it was that we needed and wanted in a home. He worked tirelessly for us and we never felt like he was trying to “make the sale.” Will was constantly available for showings, timely in responding to emails and always willing to answer the phone for any questions we had along the way. He was extremely knowledgeable and seemed just as passionate about finding a home for us as we were. My wife and I both mentioned throughout the process that we will certainly be using Will again in the future. We could not be happier with the service and attention we received from Will Freshwater and the rest of the Small & Associates team. Jacob Maupin
We considered four real estate agents before asking Chris Small to help us sell our house this year. We chose him because he gave us a realistic assessment of the market, the price range we should expect and the work we should do to get the best price. Chris laid out a logical plan and a timeline we could live with. He recommended a listing timeline that was different than what we were planning and I’m glad he did! Chris brought in a fantastic team of experts to look at everything from light switches to paint to www. Once we agreed with Chris on which repairs were most valuable and important, my wife and I appreciated how he stayed connected with us and the workers. I turned it over to Chris and his staff, and I didn’t have people call me asking about color choices or specific light fixtures. The house looked great when the work was finished and the staging was in place. We both agreed we should raise the price beyond our original estimate, and within four days we had multiple offers well in excess of the asking price – the best offer was almost 10 percent over asking price and completely beyond our expectations! I can’t stress enough the importance of having a good plan and sticking to it – Chris was a master at that. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking to get the highest price for their house, with the fewest headaches.