Home sellers who live primarily on the North Fork choose local agents to represent the sale of their home. Some Vacation Home Owners Or 2nd Home Owners live off the North Fork and have relationships with agents in their local communities. Some choose to list the sale of their North Fork properties with those associates. The local real estate agents are familiar with the buying habits, challenges, inventory, sales history and nuances of the North Fork Real Estate market. Concerns arrive with frustrated home sellers or buyers who run into agents who are not able to answer questions pertaining to the local market conditions, recent sales activity, zoning laws, school district lines, etc.
What is important is that they are proven superior marketers.
When I take on a listing (and I am now licensed in 3 states and many MLS's) I don't expect to sell it myself; I don't even want to. I want the local Realtors who know the area to have the opportunity to sell the property.
That makes it a win/win/win transaction!
I don't necessarily think the broker needs to live there, but he/she certainly needs to be pretty familiar with the area. For instance, I live in one town on Cape Cod, but am VERY familiar with a few of the surrounding towns having lived in the area for 28 of my 35 years of life.