I agree with the mind set of going with the one you are comfortable with regardless of the 35 miles difference. If she brought you a plan you like, you communicate well with her and believe in her abilitites..these qualities are what count the most in your "team" approach to marketing your home for sale. You and the agent have to be on the "same page". Good luck with it - Geri
If you like the agent and feel she will do a good job for you, use her. There is no reason the agent needs to live close if she is good at few things. Times have changed and 80%+ of people begin their home search online. That's why all of the agents are here answering questions. If your agent has a good online presence, meaning you can find her properties easily by address, she has a good website where it is easy to find her listings, and if you do a google search for homes for sale in whatever area she is currently marketing, you should see her name or website in the first 2 pages of Google. If not chances are she will be lost in the bunch.
The most important thing is the communication that you have with her. If you can communicate well chances are you will be able to brainstorm well when offers are presented and you want to try to find a way to make the offers work. If she answers your phone calls every time you call or returns your calls promptly chances are she will do the same thing when people call her from the yard sign. Most people will not leave a message when making a "sign call" and they may be lost forever.
Follow your gut!
Mike Schwiebert REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.
Oakleaf Plantation Homes for Sale!
Givoni Realty Corp.
Liking an agent is a good start. Beyond the distance which would present most realtors a concern . If that obstacle is solved with you agreeing to an electronic lock box. Your agent does not need to show up and open your house. In the safety of this gadget the agent can follow up with the showing and promote the sale on your behalf with little problem. A likable agent who does have people skills goes the distance. I would go with your gut reaction. If you would feel comfortable with the choice and this agent would be a person you would feel comfortable dealing with probably others would as well. I trust your good judgement and I like your perception in clarifying distance and service as only a small part of representation.
Key questions--Does this agent know the area, and the comps? Nothing is more frustrating to a buyer's agent than having overpriced listings to show--I find that the homes listed from out of the area brokers tend to be higher priced, and consequently sit on the market for longer periods of time, and get little to no showings. If the house is not occupied, are they willing to periodically go by and check on the house--making sure that the doors have been locked, the lights have been turned off, and the ac hasn't been cranked down to 60! Are they going to put a lock box on the house, or are they willing to drive the 35 miles and show your home each time they have a showing? Also, have they sold any other homes in your immediate neighborhood recently?
When you say they have the best and most complete plan--what are they willing to do besides put it in the MLS, put a sign out front, and a lock box on the home? What are their "out of the box" marketing ideas? Hopefully, you are not only considering her because she gave you the highest listing price!
Personality is only part of the equation in getting your home to sell, especially in this market. You really need to make your decision based on who can SELL your house.
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