Many families are looking to sell their homes and with selling comes the stress of selecting the right Realtor.
As a Realtor for over 15 years with expertise on relocation, when I interview with a home buyer or seller, one of the main topics I stress is working with a local expert that knows the area.
What we are seeing of late, is out of area agents listing homes in our newly emerging community. Out of area Realtors typically are not familiar with local schools, neighborhoods or appropriate pricing and often times we “local” agents, get calls asking for assistance from out of area agents, asking questions about these things.
Using an out of area realtor is not only a disservice to the home seller, but also buyers, who are looking for neighborhoods that are conducive to their family’s needs. I often meet families who purchased a home with an out of area agent, who was not familiar with the area, and many times the home buyer is not happy with their purchase, due to various factors regarding the family’s needs. Buyers often feel that they wished they had worked with a Local Expert, who knew the area and who could help guide them to the best choice for their home needs for the long term.
My mantra has always been, if you live in our community then give back to the community you live in. Using out of area Title Companies, Lenders, and Inspectors, often times leads to frustration from all parties, and takes away business, jobs, and puts dollars into communities that do not serve the community you live in!
Homebuyers and sellers should keep in mind the professional Realtor you select should embody "local market knowledge" to guide you thru the best selling or home buying experience.
If you are uncertain about which local Realtor to hire, call different Brokers in town and ask to be referred to an agent.
Do your homework! Although many work out of town and have connections elsewhere, it is our community that you are planning to live in or have lived in, and it’s always nice to give back to the community, even when selling your home!