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CAUTION: Hiring an agent that doesn't work in your community | Extremely GOOD or Horrible BAD?

So you have been thinking about selling your home and you're considering on working with another realtor who's maybe an incredible Realtor. Maybe they're a friend or somebody you know very well. But they're an out of town agents. They don't live in your community. They're maybe not even close to your community.

They don't go there on the weekend, they don't go out there for lunch, and they generally are just from another community in the lower mainland. Whether you live in Surrey, BC or surrounding areas, it doesn't matter. This video is for you and all about the reasons why you want to consider working with a local real estate professional when it comes time to sell your home.

If you're interested, let's go for a ride and check it out. What's good, everybody? It's Darin Germyn from The Germyn Group. Here where we know that you've only got one chance to sell your home. So we're here to help you get it right.

Okay, so why do you want to use a local agent to sell your home? Or at least why should you consider using a local agent?

I work in Surrey, and Surrey is not Vancouver. Surrey is not Chilliwack. Surrey is not Vancouver Island. So often when we're helping our buyers either find a home in Surrey or Langley or any of the surrounding areas that we work, we find these homes listed for sale by agents that are from well out of town. They might be from Vancouver, they might be from Vancouver Island, they might be from the Okanagan.

And it's not to say that they're bad Realtors, but there's some definite detriments to working with a real estate professional who does not live and work in your area that you, as a home seller, really should know. If you're like most home sellers and you probably are, you want to make sure you get the most amount of money in the shortest period of time, making it as stress free on your family or household as possible. So can you really do that with an out of town agents? Here are some things to consider Realtors that work in the community of where you're selling your home, know other Realtors and have relationships with these other Realtors. That means very often it's a lot easier and less strenuous on you, the seller to put a deal together with these other Realtors because you've got a professional business relationship with them. Because you're also so connected in the community, you might have access as well to either off market listings or off market buyers just based on running into these Realtors during day to day business operations.

The next thing to consider if you're hiring an out of town realtor to sell your home for sale is showings. And how easy and accessible will that Realtor make your home available to would be home buyers? I get phone calls on my listings all the time from buyers from absolutely everywhere. But where the buyers come from really doesn't matter. It's where I have to come from to go show that property to these potential buyers.

If I live 45 minutes an hour away, that can be problematic for your home because how easy and accessible am I to come show it and how vested am I to come show it? The reality is most of these sign calls on these properties, we know those buyers are probably not going to buy that home. That's just the nature of the business. However, they also might buy that home. And if every single buyer is not being taken seriously and given the time they need or the availability they need to see your home, you could be putting yourself in a pretty big detriment.

This also goes on to say as to how easy it is to host an open house at this property if it's not convenient. If I'm in another community where I have to run around some of my buyers who are looking for homes in the community I work, how committed am I going to be to hosting open houses for your particular property? And I certainly know that you, as a seller would never want to feel like you should take a deal that's not the best for you. Just so it can make my life a little easier because it's strenuous to drive out to see your home or show your home to a potential buyer. Makes sense, right? When you work with an out of town agent, you're also sacrificing that local knowledge of not just your community, but also the real estate conditions in that particular market.

That out of town agent might not be able to answer fairly simple questions for an agent that works in that community, like is the home in a floodplain? What's included in the taxes of the property? What development is due to come to this area in the next little while? Is there a potential that there might be an oil tank on the property? What do view properties sell for compared to non view properties?

Or maybe there's some significant traffic improvements or changes coming to that area that they might be completely oblivious to. Some of the examples of this might be the Vancouver empty homes tax. Selling a home in Vancouver that's empty might be an incredible tax burden for a potential buyer. And if an agent working in that community but coming from an outside community didn't know that, that could be really problematic for that client. For a little insider baseball, for something that you and the public might not be aware of your Realtor from out of town might not also have access to the same MLS system that the local community Realtors do.

This means if your property isn't ending up on the local MLS system, but an out of town MLS system, the Realtors in that community might not even see the listing for sale in the first place. As a seller, that should be hugely problematic if that was the case, and something you definitely want to consider. Lastly, the selling of home experience should be all about you the seller. It should be easy, it should be not strenuous, and it should be quick. You shouldn't have to wait on your real estate professional to show your home come by for some advice.

Open the door for a trade or anything like that. It should be easy and if they're out of town, they might be doing you a pretty large disservice. Look everybody, you're selling a house, not selling a DVD player. When it comes time to sell your most valuable asset, you want somebody who is ingrained in the local real estate community to help you sell that most valuable asset. To make sure again, that it's easy and you get the most amount of money that you can for the sale of your property, a great Realtor is going to introduce you to other Realtors they trust in different communities if they cannot appropriately service those communities.

As an example, I don't sell homes in Vancouver and the reason for that is because I don't know Vancouver as well as I know Surrey, but I do know some amazing, incredible people out there who would be more than happy to help people sell their Vancouver homes to make sure they do it properly. So those are all the things to consider if you're considering working with an out of town agents. Lastly, I'm curious if I missed something to consider or you have a comment that you'd like us to be aware of.

Leave us a comment below. Join the conversation and let us know what you think about selling or buying a home with a Realtor or a real estate professional that doesn't work in the community again. Guys, I'm Darin Germyn from The Germyn Group where we know you've only got one chance to sell your home. So we're here to help you get it right


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