You are correct that the information is out there for all agents, but it is more than that . I can tell you the heart of a neighborhood, like Thur. is take your dog to the park day in The Bluffs and a good time to meet your neighbors. Walking days, bike clubs, etc., the things that define the quality of a neighborhood.
Some of that takes time and experience.
Tierra Antigua Realty
I agree with what you are saying. However, if an agent is familiar with a area he/she may know about community developments, schools, train schedules, truck routes, flood areas/water supply, builder issues, prisons, shopping centers, traffic patterns, festivals to name a few that may be unique to a particular neighborhood that a general agent may not be aware of. In many situations, these things that I mentioned will not apply and will be of no consequence. However, if some do apply they would be goud to know.
If you need a top Tucson agent with years of local knowledge from my company, just ask.
Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land
Certainly all agents have the same information available in the MLS. Some agents may be more familiar with a particular area because of previous experience in that location. Having said that, here is my advice. When choosing an agent, look for someone who connects with you, listens to you, and understands what you want. Someone you can trust.
Consider interviewing multiple agents before selecting the one you want to represent your interests. Buying a home is the largest investment most people make. Selecting and buying the home should be an experience that offers you peace of mind knowing you have made the right decision. You should be confident that your agent is putting your interests above his own.
If you would like to discuss an agency relationship, please give me a call.
Century 21 Heritage
The general concept "knowledge is power" rigns true here. Find an agent with knowledge in the type and area of home you are interested and you will have a strong advisor on your side.
Additionally, An agent may know about % of short sales & REO's in a given community, and may give insight towards neighborhoods whose prices have collapsed., Not all neighborhood values remain the same, understanding the economic health of your community - should be a consideration. In Tucson, mostly the new builds from '03 to '06 Have been hit hard especially in the Northwest.
Which simply means you can buy 3000 SQ FT for about 220.K about half of the original purchase price.
Take advantage of the depressed prices if you can so you will maximize your purchase dollars, and if you are a first time buyer you may qualify for community loans that pay your down payment.