Having said that you probably will want to work with a REALTOR that you trust and that is familiar with the area. And if you can't find both qualities in one person, I would go with the one you trust.
Jose Dias, REALTOR
Realty One Scottsdale
For me, 20 miles is nothing. Some agents choose to just stick to one market. I guess it all depends on the agent but make sure they are honest about what markets they know or don't know.
The key is to find someone who works, lives and plays in the neighborhoods you are looking to make a purchase.
If a Realtor specializes in Gilbert are they really going to know the NE Valley Market?
My business consist mainly of Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and the NE Valley. It is where I live, coach athletics, where my kids go to school.
If you need any assistance please feel free to call.
John Forsyth- HomeSmart Elite Group.
As a Realtor we are licensed to sell property in the State we are licensed in so that would include Paradise Valley to Tucson if you will. Now that does not mean I would sell in Tucson being a Realtor in the Paradise Valley area. It would benefit the client to refer them to a local Tucson agent as you'll need more direct service. So a Realtor can choose to limit themselves and if they are in your case find out why and then if you need to find another ask them to refer or seek another on your own. Twenty miles is not that much of a deal here in AZ as our highways are fairly un-congested. Finding the right Realtor fit is to interview them with your goals and if they can fit that need they are the choice for you.
AZ Real Estate Consultants
Keller Williams AZ Realty
It's always a good idea to work with somebody that is very knowledgeable within the specific communities that you are interested in.
If you've identified a particular area, it'd be best to find a buyer's agent who is active in the area you're interested in buying in. That agent will be more familiar with the particular conditions, real estate activity, and other issues affecting the house you'd be interested in than would an agent who doesn't regularly work the area.
Hope that helps.
Check with the agent and see if they are familiar with the area you are interested in. If not, it may be best to use another agent who will serve your needs better.
Best of luck!
John Hall and Associates
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Rob in Sunny Phoenix wherre golf course fees are inversely proportional to the temperature.
The Phoenix area's 80-odd miles across. Twenty miles isn't all that much distance here, to be honest. There are some agents who work only in specific areas, others cover wider stretches of the Valley. Myself, I've sold homes on both extremes of the Phoenix area - Apache Junction to the far east, Wittmann to the far Northwest.
Ultimately, it comes down to what you're comfortable with. The vast majority of the Valley are tract homes that are similar in nature; there are some pockets - Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Carefree - where there are more custom builds and more quirks to keep in mind. Someone experienced there may be of help but it's nothing that most agents can't figure out quickly.
Take the comments from Florida with a heavy grain of salt - if you're asking about agents working 20 miles away, you can imagine that someone 3,000 miles away probably doesn't understand the inner workings of our local market.
A realtors license permits them to practice the sale of real estate anywhere in the state in which they were licensed.
With this said, its's obvious that an agent would not be able to cover this large an area. The area that agents cover is normally related to the geographical location that their office covers and what they feel comfortable with.
Many agents will specialize in community sectors where they focus their attention and become the local community expert.
I am centrally located near the Shea corridor which makes it easy for me to get anywhere in the city in a short period of time. Please let me know if I can be of assistance!
As an AZ Realtor I can show you homes anywhere in the state and represent you - but really shouldn't. That is the reason you should interview realtors and not work solely with a recommendation. Example: I focus on Paradise Valley and NE Scottsdale, but would be a poor agent in Glendale and would likely refer you to another agent.
All the best!
David E Smith
Most REALTORS are mobile now, therefore physical office location does not matter.
An agents area of knowledge is a different topic. Sally is right, I can sell homes in Sedona, but I am unfamiliar with the area.
I hope this helps.