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Tmax, Other/Just Looking in 66215

Relocating from out of state. Any benefit to list current home with agency that has offices in both cities?

Asked by Tmax, 66215 Sun Jul 29, 2007

We are planning on moving to the Plano area in the near future. We have a current home in the Kansas City metro area. Is there any benefit to listing our current home with an agency that has offices in Dallas area?

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I don't see the benifit of listing with the same franchise, but being refered within a network or to your selling agent's personal contact can be very benificial. Through our network, we match you with an agent that will best suit you and has a proven record of excellent service. Having worked with you already, I have gotten to know your personality and the way you like to conduct business. I can make agent recomendations based on that to help assure that the agent helping you on the other end is the best possible agent for you. I also keep in contact with you and that agent to be sure you are getting the level of service you expect and deserve. Some agencies in our network are of the same franchise and some are not, but they are all held to a very high standard. I also have a network of agents that I know personally. I feel that your new agent has a greater level of accountability as a referal as they have to answer to their broker, the relocation company, and to your current agent. The more people looking out for your best interest the better!
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Whatever city you are moving to or from - when deciding upon representation, it should be on an individual basis. The new town will bring different personalities and cultural differences - speak to co-workers, family members, even acquaintances in the new town.

You still need to interview the new agent and choose the one that fits your personality - most of all make sure they LISTEN to your particular needs and priorities.

Good luck and happy hunting!
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I think it can help using the same companies in both places. There can be synergies and working within the same company with the same counselors can have benefits if the situation has some unusual twist. Sometimes it's just a communication factor. Sometimes it's more likely the agents know each other and can work better together to serve your needs, and sometimes even if they don't know each other they might work harder to increase the potential for future referrals. It's more likely I think if it is a national franchise that X will refer to X, versus if you choose company Z in KC and company Y in Plano and both Y and Z have offices in both cities. I would think most agents would refer business in house versus across companies.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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Hi Tmax,

Even if it was the same office, there really is no benefit from listing with the same office. It's not the office, but the individual agent who will make the hugest difference for you.

If you need references to agents in Kansas City or would like help with preinterviewing, let me know.

Good luck,
Irina
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I would not let that be the guideline. Many offices are franchises, and much of your results will depend upon the agent and the local office. Hire the best lisitng agent in Kansas City. Interview 3 and hear their marketing proposals. Discuss in depth their ability and understanding to market effectively on the internet.

Find a great buyers agent in Plano/Dallas. Many buyers happenstance into a relationship with their buyer agent. Find a great buyers agent, let them know you will be loyal and expect their complete dedication to your move.

Good luck.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Timax,
Are you certain they are the same office (not likely in differing states)? Or are they merely the same "brand" of office? If they truly are the same office, you may be able to negotiate a lower fee for both listing and buying with them. If they are simply the same brand, it's merely a matter of very small convenience. Referrals from friends or colleagues at you new destination would be the wiser choice.
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No real benefit that I can see. I could see a company pushing that agenda by referencing their referral network and lead generating capability. To which I say, "big deal." The property will be available to sell via the MLS, so don't hitch your wagon to an agency just because of the promise of possible buyers. If they have potential leads for your property, they will attempt to sell it regardless of whether or not they have the listing. When I place out of area referrals, I like to find out which brokerages are the real movers and shakers. More than once I have gone outside of my own company to refer an agent that I felt was the best qualified. I recommend you do the same. I start with companies that have national name brand recognition, but only as a default. Sometimes the strongest local player can be "Zippy's Real Estate." If that is the case, ask Zippy where to sign.
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Tmax,
I agree with most of the responses that state there is no real benefit. You should choose a Realtor that you are comfortable with in both cities. If they happen to be with the same office then so be it. Pick an agent who fits your principles and who is going to work for you!
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I can't think of any benefit of working with the same brand in both cities. I would chose the Realtor you like best in each place.
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Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
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