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.