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!
‟Mr. Strum could not have been more attentive and helpful in literally every single part of the home buying process. He was patient in showing possible homes, never once making me feel pressured or trying to sway me a certain way; however, he was always thorough with answering questions and looking at the ins and outs of each house depending on my … interest level. He listened to me, gave strategic suggestions and went to bat for me in the negotiation process, putting me at ease through it all, and getting me down to the price I was comfortable with. He guided me through all of the details of purchasing the home (inspections, loans, closing, insurance, home improvements before move-in, etc), again, never being overbearing or making me feel he was trying to force me to use certain people, but giving me those options and guiding me through them when I did decide to go with his suggestions. I have highly recommended him to friends and family members in their home buying and selling process due to his flawless job with me. I have been in my home for almost 3 years and he continues to check in every now and then making sure there aren't any issues that I may need help figuring out who to call to get them fixed/covered. You will not be disappointed in this EXTREMELY hard working and dedicated real estate agent. He will make you feel like you are his only client, when that is certainly not the case” Read More ▾
‟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 would recommend James to others selling homes in the area, he did an excellent job for us. James is very knowledgeable and realistic. His guidance on pricing was consistently on target and reflected the realities of our particular market. When pricing the house he did a thorough review of comparables which he shared with us in order to expla … in why we could not expect to get the price we originally wanted. He provided excellent guidance on staging the house for sale, and he took and effectively used photos that presented the house and its surroundings at their best. James actively marketed the house and kept us informed regarding such things as the number of viewings and the reactions of the prospective buyers. When a buyer was found James facilitated our required activities as sellers (e.g., obtaining well testing and termite inspection, etc.)” Read More ▾
‟I had a fantastic experience using James Strum to sell our house. I was extremely happy with the price and we were able to get full asking, and on top of that the process moved very quickly from list to close. Even beyond those important factors, he was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the entire process, from getting the house ready … for listing, recommending high quality and fair priced contractors, and coordinating all the steps along the way. Not surprisingly given his Richmond background and years of experience, it's very apparent that he knows everything about the greater Richmond market and that alone I think is extremely valuable. No doubt I'll be recommending James to friends and family, but on top of that I'll definitely be using James again myself when the time comes” Read More ▾
‟James is simply unbeatable. He is available for you whenever you need him, whether it's by phone, email or text, making you feel like you are his only client. We saw a home listed one evening and told him we wanted to see it, and he took us there the very next day. That was on a Friday, and he and his staff drew up our offer over the weekend so we … could sign it and get it submitted on Monday. He listens to you and is dedicated to what you want and doesn't stop until you get it. James went above and beyond for us as our buyer's agent; the home we fell in love with and just had to have was very difficult to get. It was a foreclosure and was only available on a wretchedly-run auction site, but James was there each night to put bids in for us, all the while giving us advice until we finally got it. James steered us through the entire process of buying a home, making it as easy for us as possible. His expertise with all aspects of buying a house was invaluable to us. He calmed our fears and guided us all the way through. He read and explained every document we signed and made any corrections and changes that were needed to protect us. He has a network of top-notch partners including an inspection company, lending agents, appraisers and an excellent closing attorney. And he works with all these experts to make sure things progress on track, all the while keeping you informed with each step. He even has an army of skilled plumbers, electricians and HVAC specialists who you can trust to help get your property perfected before moving in. I highly recommend James to anyone in the Richmond area looking to buy a home. Not only did we find an extraordinary realtor in James Strum, we found a friend” Read More ▾
‟James was excellent from start to finish. He was always very professional and really knows the market, as well as how to close. He was able to get a full price offer for me, which was above my initial expectations, in less than two weeks and get the deal closed quickly. He handled all of the details with very little headache for me. I will def … initely work exclusively with James in the future.” Read More ▾
‟We couldn't be more pleased with the sale of our home on 2205 Oakhampton Ct. James strum is hands down the BEST Realtor in Richmond. James is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and dedicate d. He was there for us every step of the way and did everything in his power to make sure we were satisfied. i will recommend James to everyone I know that … is looking to buy or sell a home. Thank you James we appreciate everything you have done for us” Read More ▾
‟James Strum is a consumate professional. James was able to assist us on selling as well as buying our new home in key ways that made our process as smooth as possible. James is able to think outside of the box and come up with creative ways to mitigate just about contingency. James has been in the business for quite awhile and has developed a netw … ork of skilled professionals to assist with any situation. We will use James Strum in the future” 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 always ready and available anytime I had questions or concerns. He was always looking out for my best interest. In the end I got a great house and I am very pleased with his service and support. James is also periodically checking in to make sure everything is going well.”