Hi, Tamara. I saw this question and your other regarding real estate agents. I am an individual broker in Pennsylvania as I work across the State. I grew up in Pittsburgh and have an office here and know the entire area and not just one focused area. Obviously, I drive quite a bit. I developed real estate throughout the entire State of Florida and did it very well for the clients. I do it because I love the business; for residential, I love helping and working with people. I am a broker in many states and am able to satisfy my clients' needs and wants. If a client is looking for the best asset (which a home is considered), then one needs to be able to impart all knowledge of the area, what makes it a good asset and how it fits your needs. A good agent should be able to educate her client so that they learn in the process; then that client will not forget them for assisting in a good investment in the first place.
I have been in business since 1990 and find it amazing what a good bit of the real estate industry has become. Many forget that when we take a license, it is like taking an oath to best serve the public for which we are licensed to assist. I even run into some difficulties when trying to work with others for my clients --- anyway can post a sign on a property or have a lockbox key. I believe that it is an effort on all parts to reach a successful outcome for all parties involved.
Feel free to email me with any questions. I deal in all facets of real estate including being a HUD broker and finding investment properties. I am very familiar with Monroeville, and the surrounding areas. Thank you. If you were able to already find a good agent in assisting you, then I am pleased for you and commend the agent.