Real estate is a very local business, it has always been. The internet has created this “one size fits all” mentality in that it’s now so easy to share with folks no matter where they are. Real estate on the internet can obscure an old but true fact: dealing with a local Realtor when buying or selling is just another way to make sure the transaction goes smoothly as more information is revealed. After all, it’s a big, consequential transaction and dealing with someone who knows the area and the customs and quirks of the area can add an extra layer of information that will prove invaluable when making a buying or selling decision.
It’s also just common sense. Here’s a photo I took of a real estate sign that fell down due a little wind we had a few months ago. The Realtor who owns the sign lives about 30 miles away from this listing and the sign has been down on the ground for over 3 months now. If she lived in the neighborhood she would have noticed it and fixed it.
I live in an area where all homes have wells and septic systems. I’ve noted several Realtors who live in town where public water and sewer are the norm listing homes out here where well and septic are typical and not realizing well or septic inspections are important to protect all parties. This is a huge dis-service to the buyers and sellers. A replacement septic system can cost upwards of $35,000.
Using a Realtor that knows an area well protects the buyer and seller as the Realtor contributes their knowledge to the transaction and makes it safer for all. When I get calls to list or show properties in areas I’m not familiar with I just refer them out to a Realtor who is local.
Funny how the internet has changed everything and also re-enforces certain old ideas like local knowledge. Going hyper-local makes a lot of sense in many ways.