I had a SoCal agent refer a buyer to me in San Jose. They were selling in SoCal and Buying here. It was a very tricky transaction as timelines on one dependent on timelines of the other one mess up could of lost them their earnest money. We worked as a team to facilitate the client's goal.
All the best to you.
I will agree with most of the answers here. But.. everyone is different and so are agents. It will be up to you on what your expectations are going to be. If you are here local as it sounds that you are, you may want an agent to take you to the areas, viewing homes along with open house situations, meet with you to go over homes, offers and contracts. It may sound good that you get a local agent for San Ramon, but is this agent going to run to San Jose to go over comps, contracts, viewings etc. This can be done via email and fax but you are going to want hands on and it may fall on your listing agent anyway. Some agents are familiar with many areas. It is a call that only you and your agent can make. If your listing agent can offer a referral and work with that buyer agent in your best interest that may be a win win situation. I have done both and it works, if you have an agent that is telling you it would be better with a different buyers agent than follow their lead if they are saying they can handle it than I would comply. You can always change your mind after looking for awhile, if it is not working out..
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As much as I'd like to say, one agent can handle both transactions, the truth is that I'd be lying. In areas so far away from one another, it's always best to get a local specialist. There are things about San Jose and Santa Clara County, for example, that an agent in San Ramon would never know. And although I've been to San Ramon more times than I'd care to count, I still have not been there long enough to exercise enough knowledge to help a buyer.
So, get two agents--one here in San Jose and one in San Ramon. An honest agent would provide you with the same advice.
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I agree with Teri Velios, Ron Thomas and Sandra Twist. I recommed that you have two agents, one who has a great deal of experience in San Jose and one who has a great deal of experience in San Ramon.
As it happens, with our company we have a branch in San Jose and a branch in the San Ramon area. Our San Jose branch would handle the sale and our San Ramon branch would handle the purchase.
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