A lifelong Richmond resident, James enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of the area with all of his clients. James comes from a real estate family background with his father a residential Realtor and his sister in investment real estate. Having been around the business most of his life, James possesses the necessary elements to bring happiness and satisfaction to his clients.
James is a graduate of James Madison University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Through the tools and techniques learned there, James believes this adds to his success with client relationships.
In his leisure hours, James enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and beach vacations!
‟I was referred to James by a relocation company. I picked him out of 3 agents because I am very impressed by his openness, honest, passion about what he is doing, and excellent records. As a first-time seller, I was clueless and nervous, after meeting him the first time, I feel like my house will be in good hand. He gave me clear instructions on e … xactly what I need to do to prepare for the house ready for market. When the house is ready, he took pictures and put it on market the same day. There were a lot of showings,I believe he did a good job marketing the house on internet. We only had one open house, and got an offer 15 days after the house is on market. The offer was a little lower than we want. James help negotiation with the buyer and we finally got a deal that we are happy about” Read More ▾
‟This was our first home purchase and James was amazing. We are the type of people who are impatient when it comes to things we want, and James kept us grounded and on track. He never allowed us to reach for house we were really didn't like/want just because we wanted a house already. He is extremely knowledgeable with all aspects of the housing pr … ocess, from school districts, builders, neighborhoods, house pricing levels, etc. He was always available when we needed him, even late at night. :) James is very easy to talk with and you can trust that he is looking out for your best interest and your long term value. I would highly recommend James to anyone that is looking to sell or purchase a house. I know when we are ready to purchase our next home, James is the ONLY Realtor we am calling!!” Read More ▾
‟He knew what would be a good fit for me, in a suitable area, but was willing to show me a number of other places to help me compare and make up my own mind.”
‟James and his group were awesome. We were moving to Richmond with no local knowledge at all, and James made the process as easy as it could have been. We gave him a list of our priorities, and he took that list and gave came up with a list of potential candidates. We did not find anything on the first weekend or even the second that was a homer … un (we saw 40 houses with him in 2 weekends but none were quite "it"), and James was not deterred or pushy at all and even had the idea to go back to his office quickly to adjust come criteria before we had to leave town. We ended up finding the house that we both knew immediately was "it" in that last group, and if it would not have been for James and his tenaciousness we would have never found it. James and his entire group also made the negotiation and subsequent post contract processes a breeze, and went out of his way to go to bat for us on several occasions. I have bought and sold several houses in my career, and I can say without a doubt that James and his group made the entire process as fun and painless as possible.” Read More ▾
‟We recently moved to Richmond from out of town and did not know anyone or the area at all. We knew what type of home we were looking for and our price range but were clueless about where to buy, the school systems, value of the homes over the past 5 years and even what the possible future value of our newly purchased home would be? In reality th … ese were just a few of the many things on our mind with our purchase as you can imagine. I have to be honest and say James was fantastic. He was knowledgeable in everything I listed above as well as every other aspect of our purchase. He was on point when I tried to contact him not letting even 30 minutes go by before he got back with me--that to me was very important! In negotiation...he was the perfect middle man. We got the deal we were looking for and then some. I don't plan on moving from our new home for a while but if and when I do there is absolutely no-one else I would let handle my transaction. I own a successful local business here in Richmond and send referrals to James as often as I can because I know they will be taken care. Usually I dont write reviews on anything but in this instance I had to make an exception.. Your experience as our was with James will be as it should be......Perfect” Read More ▾
‟James is not only a subject matter expert he also produces incredible results. My wife and I just recently sold our home thanks to a man that truly understands his enviroment and market because of this we had mutiple offers and a sold home in a recovering market extremely fast. James is the real deal for thoes of us that still believe in the power … of a hand shake and a honest person to do business with then James is the partner you need hands down. James is not only great at selling he also is a great buyer's agent . The only thing I have left to say is thank you Jame” Read More ▾
‟We interviewed 7 realtors, James Strum was our last interview. We were impressed with James professionalism and knowledge but also with his strategy approach to sell our home. We also loved his personality and we believed he was honest and a go getter. James Strum is a Seller's realtor that is his specialty! He listed our home and on the first … day we got an offer. Our home sold in three days but fours day to do the paperwork. The first loan fell through. James relisted our home and within 48 hours we were under contract. He brought us a full offer with no closing cost to buyer.. We moved 2300 miles before the completion of the closing but we never worried about anything. James handled every aspect of the sell and our closing to the end. If you are serious sellers or buyers do not overlook James Strum, he is a loyal and hard worker for his clients” Read More ▾
‟James is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and professional real estate agent. He has a vast knowledge of the Richmond market, negotiation, suggesting improvements, staging, etc. James kept in constant contact with us throughout the selling process and we never waited longer than an hour for a return call, day or night. By no fault of James, we w … ent through 3 purchase contracts before finally closing on our home. Through all of the challenges, James' enthusiasm to sell our home never faltered and his positive attitude kept us encouraged. We sold our home while we were out of town e and James' handled all of our repairs, maintenance and inspections. His professional contacts and willingness to handle the details was invaluable especially since we were 100’s of miles away. There wasn't a challenge we faced that James wasn't willing to tackle. By the end of our sale experience, we truly felt like we'd found a friend in James. I would recommend James to anyone looking for a first class realtor.” Read More ▾
‟I reviewed James back in 2016 when he was with another agency (I actually joined Yelp just to write that review); it is worth repeating the review now that James has started his own company. Here is what we said: James Strum found our dream home. We contacted James after several months of researching the Richmond market online and presented … him with an impossible, multi-page list of requirements. When he told us at our first meeting that he had found our dream home, we looked at one another dubiously - but he was right! Furthermore, while the house was out of our price range, new to the market, and experiencing a great deal of interest, he was somehow able to negotiate our dream price as well. The house is still our dream home nearly two years later, and we remain grateful to James. We also appreciated the knowledge James was able to impart along the way. For example, he pointed out the "pros and cons" of various features in every home - knowledge that extended beyond that of a layperson. Finally, he was always available and went "above and beyond" in countless ways. We recommend James highly to anyone” Read More ▾
‟James was an amazing realtor! He was super helpful every step of the way during our home-buying process! We used all of the inspectors that he recommended and were very pleased with them as well. We would highly recommend James to any of our friends or family! We didn't feel like we had to do very much because he did it all! He exceeded our e … xpectations! Thanks, James” Read More ▾