My realtor doesn't have access to Hoboken/Jersey City areas...

Asked by Primatanya, 08816 Tue Dec 16, 2008

If I decide to go look at properties on my own or with someone else, do I have to tell my realtor and does he have to go with me even though he doesn't have access to MLS in this area and I find properties that I want to see?

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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Tue Dec 16, 2008

I would suggest speaking with your agent and have them find someone that can help you out.

Most agents work with agents in other parts of the state ( and other states) that can help when their clients are relocating. I do.. I have at least two agents in each county in NJ that can cover my clients and I know that they will be taken care of by the agents I send them to work with.

I make a point of making connections with good agents, it helps my business to refer my current clienets to someone that I trust to make sure the process is as smooth and professional as I handle it.
I research the agents I work with and select them carefully to establish the referral and monitor the transaction from my end to ensure everything is being done correctly.
I expect updates from the agent I refer my clients to and I attend the closing.

I would speak to your agent and see what he can do to help you. If this person does not have an agent for you, I have a great agent in Jersey City / Hoboken that can help you find your property.

Email or call.

John Sacktig
Broker / Manager
Orange Key Realty
Office: 732-863-6969
Direct: 732-213-1409
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Steve Johnson, Agent, Spring Branch, TX
Tue Dec 16, 2008
I would ask your current agent for him or her to refer you to an agent that is an expert in the areas you may be interested. Not only will the refered agent have MLS in the area, but also tax, deed restrictions and other important and helpful information that might help you find your deam home. Hope this was helpful and happy hunting.
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Roy Low, , Wawa, PA
Tue Dec 16, 2008
Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to me that you have done a great deal of the research on your own. You obviously seee the value in working with an agent, but are not sure how far those loyalties go.

My suggestion is that you ask your current agent for a referal. If the agent has your best interest as a priority, he/she will provide you with the name of an agent or brokerage to help you. As a bonus, your current agent will even share a percentage of the commission with the referred agent. You of course are under no obligation to the new agent, but you will avoid working solo in a new area and have the opportunity to work with somebody familiar with your new area. If you do not like the new agent, interview others and know that you tried to do the right thing for your current agent.

Good Luck,

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Marc Paolella, Agent, Succasunna, NJ
Tue Dec 16, 2008
Hi Primatanya,

Your agent will not be able to do a good job for you if he does not have Hudson County MLS access and geographical competence in that area.

If you decide to look in that area, you will need a new agent. You can either have your existing agent refer someone in that area or find one yourself.

But the bottom line is, if you choose a new area to live where your current agent does not provide service, that agent is out.

You are under no obligation to that agent if you decide that Hudson County is where you want to live.

Good luck!

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