Top Five Reasons to Use a Local REALTOR®1. All local real estate licensees are not the same. Only local real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. Local REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again. 2. No matter where you live in Lewis County, there is a REALTOR® who lives and/or works nearby. All aspects of your transaction can be handled on a more personal and “hands on” manner. An out-of-town REALTOR® cannot provide the same level of hands-on service. Local REALTORS® work well together on a daily basis which can help to make a transaction move smoothly through the process.
3. Many of the local Real Estate agencies have national affiliations which can provide buyers and sellers with access to nation-wide services and marketing. Many out-of-town agents represent independent or “Boutique” agencies which do not have access to the same powerful tools.
4. Local REALTORS® have access to the same technologies available to REALTORS® in the larger cities north or south of us…the same Multiple Listing Service, the same website presence, etc.
5. Local agents have the “home field” advantage of knowing issues pertinent to our area such zoning, flood areas, neighborhoods, land use, septic requirements and much more. Many out of town agents are not familiar with issues which are specific to a more rural community…they may know how to sell a tract house, but do they know about significant issues such as septic design, use class, invalidity or even what a “perk” hole is?
When selecting an agent, remember that if you chose an out-of-area agent, you have chosen to work with someone who is not familiar with our area AND is farther away. Local REALTORS® have the skills, knowledge and technologies that can go to work for you with that “local” edge which can make the difference.