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!
‟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 ▾
‟I chose James as our buying agent based on the reviews that I found here on Zillow. He was very prompt to return my initial call and began looking for properties immediately. When we started looking at properties, he was very straightforward with what he thought was good or bad about the homes. As first time home buyers, we were very inexperienced … in the home buying process and James always made us feel comfortable with our decisions. He made sure we didn't rush into a purchase, and in the end we got exactly what we wanted. When we went into contract, James did an excellent job negotiating terms and ensuring that those terms were met. For example, the sellers had work done on the crawl space which did not meet our standards. James worked with the sellers' agents, the company who completed the work, and a company he trusted to correct it to quickly find a solution and allow us to close on the home. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a home” Read More ▾
‟After interviewing several agents, we chose James without reservation. His responsiveness and professionalism surpassed his peers. During our first meeting, James' knowledge of the area and ove rall world of real estate was immediately apparent. He provided practical, yet honest feedback about the process, our home, and the market conditions. James … never pressured us and always explained each option in full detail. James worked with us to develop a step by step plan that would meet our timeline while still keeping our monetary goals at the forefront. James has a welcoming demeanor that put our children at ease. Our toddler even asked for Mr. James to come back to see her. However, James is easily able to transition from an agreeable disposition to a businessman who will represent your interests to the fullest extent. He negotiated a top price for our home when compared to market conditions. He was also able to keep the requests from the other side extremely reasonable/necessary. James kept us informed of feedback from showings immediately and advised us on any appropriate changes. He was reachable by various means and responded immediately. James made our first selling experience worry free and successful. We recommend James Strum without reservation” Read More ▾
‟James was awesome. We had been renting our house in Midlothian after relocating in 2012. We told James that we wanted to sell the house as quickly as possible. He listed the house at the end of April and we closed June 1 at our target price. He was responsive, available, and dependable. 1. He did a good job getting … us to list the house at the right price--and identifying where to cost-effectively invest in upgrades to sell quickly. 2. We had high-maintenance renters living in the house--James was excellent at managing them as we put the house on the market. 3. He did a great job staging the house and positioning it online. 4. The first (and only!) weekend he did an open house we had 20 visitors. We had two fair offers within four days of the open house. He represented us well during negotiations and we were very happy with the final price. We will recommend James to all of our friends and family buying and especially selling in Central VA” Read More ▾
‟James understands the Richmond market. He helped us sell our home for more than what other agents thought we could sell it for (in less than 2 weeks). On the flip side, he helped us negotiate the selling price down on the house we were purchasing more than what we thought we could do. We would use him again and have recommended him to others. Than … ks, James” Read More ▾
‟James was great to deal with. He helped in sorting through the area and being honest when going to look at houses. He is an excellent realtor and looks to help you find what you are truly looking for!”
‟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 ▾
‟We had two houses to sell and then needed to purchase one. He walked us through each step toward our journey. James exceeded our expectations in ALL areas! He was always quick to respond and knew just who to call for any repairs that needed to be made. His resources were excellent and very reasonable. We could not have maneuvered this journey … without him! He is a full-time professional who takes his job seriously! Actually, can't say enough good things about this realtor!!!!! :” Read More ▾
‟James and team had our house listed and sold within 48 hours (with multiple offers) in the middle of no where Goochland. We were beyond impressed with the effort and dedication James has in making sure we got what we were hoping for the list price. The selling experience was such a smooth transaction. Cannot recommend h … im enough” Read More ▾
‟James was very professional, attentive and just the realtor we needed! He got our home sold and was there to answer questions and walk us through every step of the process. We will gladly recommend him to anyone and he is the only realtor we will contact for any real estate needs we have in the future!”