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!
‟We started using James while looking for potential rental properties. He was always up for looking at any property we wished to see. Over the course of six months, this idea fizzled out, however we did see an opportunity to sell our home and upgrade to a larger house in a better neighborhood. James was optimistic, yet honest about the market. He w … as able to set and market a price on our home that was on par with our expectations. When an offer came through, he was able to negotiate very well, and got us a great final offer on our house. When looking for the new home, he was great in offering advice on how he felt the place would pay off in the long run. We were able to find the home we wanted, and Jame's negotiation skills came into play again, and he got us a great deal on the home of our choice. His contacts (lender, closing agents) were a great asset, and were very competitive, and ended up getting my business” Read More ▾
‟James is a dedicated, professional, and hard-working agent who was excellent to work with in buying our first home. From the beginning, and throughout the home buying process, he guided us in finding exactly what we were looking for and honed in on what we needed in our first home. He truly listened to our input and concerns, while making recommen … dations along the way. I would highly recommend James as a buyers agent for anyone looking to buy a house in the Richmond area. His responsiveness, availability, and flexibility made it easy to work around all our busy schedules. If and when we are in the market again, we will undoubtedly look forward to working with James in the future” Read More ▾
‟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 ▾
‟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.”
‟James was very knowledgeable and helpful to me in buying my condo. He understood what I was looking for, showed me interesting alternatives, and in the end helped me make the offer that was ultimately accepted. James even brought in a contractor to help give me an idea of what renovations would cost. He gave me excellent service throughout the … process and I would recommend him wholeheartedly.” Read More ▾
‟James Strum is a consummate professional and working with him to sell our house and buy a new one was a fantastic experience. He has an unbelievable knowledge of the market, he priced our home perfectly, gave us great staging advice, had a wonderful photographer take great photos to help market the home, and got the word out to realtors in the are … a. We had four showings within 24 hours of being on the market, and in less than 72 hours we had a full price offer. Throughout the entire process of selling our home James was available and happy to answer our questions and concerns. After selling our home, James helped us search for a new home, and even though he did an amazing job selling our old house, it was in this area that his skills, knowledge, work ethic, and dedication to his clients shone. He showed my wife and I houses whenever we saw something that interested us - he answered all of our questions, had a great eye for properties and a deep and thorough knowledge of the area. The thing that stood out about James service was that he did not push us towards a house that he didn't think was right for our needs. He quickly adapted to the wants and needs of our family and after a few showings was showing us only properties that had the features we wanted. My wife and I trusted his judgement implicitly and he showed great patience in helping us find our dream home. His knowledge of the area and the market meant he was also a great negotiator on our behalf, making sure we got the house we loved at the price we needed! We moved into our new home this past weekend and we couldn't be happier. Working with James made the stressful business of buying and selling a home a fun and exciting experience for my wife and I, and by the end of the process he felt like a member of the family!” Read More ▾
‟As a first time home buyer I felt in over my head. James came in, made it much easier to find what I was looking for and what I could afford. He made a difficult process easy and much less stressful than it could have been. He was very professional and prompt in responding to my calls and messages. I would recommend him to anyone.”
‟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 dedicated. 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. Ossama & Fara” Read More ▾
‟I cannot say enough about James, or his knowledge and his persistence to achieve his goals. I was in a short-sale situation and had listed with another agency... during the entire listing agreement, they had few to no showings. I re-listed with James, people were coming to see the house almost immediately, Considering the market conditions, he h … ad an offer for me in a very short period of time. This is where his work really began. Because this was a short sale, he had to deal with the banks negotiator regularly. Normally this would not be impressive, but we'll simply say the negotiator was "challenging" he knew short sale regulations and procedures better than they did. He was meticulous providing documentation and answering their questions almost immediately. I never once needed to call him or his office, he kept me completely updated on all aspects of the process. Even when the banks negotiator dropped the ball and missed several deadlines (no fault on our part), he and I worked together and were persistent and successful in getting decisions reversed to continue the process which led to the sale. While speaking with the legal team assisting me with the closing, they identified they have worked with him on past short sales and were extremely impressed with his knowledge of short sales and his negotiating ability and persistence to close on his listings. I highly recommend James.... you will not be disappointed!!” Read More ▾
‟This is our second time using James as our realtor. He did such a fantastic job the first time around that there was absolutely no question in our minds about using him again. His extensive knowledge about real estate, the market and the area are hands down the best. He is a tuff negotiator and fights hard for his clients during the negotiating … process. James and his team did an outstanding job both in helping us sell our house and finding our dream home. Within 48hours of listing our property, we had an offer on the 2nd showing for full asking price, including closing costs! He also went above and beyond in helping us find our new home. He was open and honest with us in regards to the properties we previewed and helped us find exactly what we were looking for and much more. He was always available, courteous and gave his honest opinion when asked. We love our new home, had a great buying and selling experience and are extremely pleased with James as our realtor. We would highly recommend him and his highly qualified team to anyone wanting to buy or sell” Read More ▾