You've hit upon an understanding that most only suspect.
Garmin has made it easy to show real estate in areas where the brave fear to venture.
However, being able to find the real estate is not where the skill lies.
There are two, some say more, benefits regarding working with a local expert.
Local knowledge: One, Garmin enabled agent, was unaware the commmunity pool had been REMOVED! That could become importat when the kids or grandkid are banished from the house for three hours. There are other significant issues that a local specialist will prove their value.
Second: Hip-pocket listings. You've detected the fragance of the coffee. You've awakened to the reality that homes are sold in ONE day, or sold BEFORE they appear in the MLS. How does that happen so consistantly?
Did you know a real estate professional markets the home to four levels of buyers before the MLS?
These are the agents preferred, "A-List" buyers, office buyers, franchise buyers, area buyer, regional buyers..then the MLS. By the time most buyes see a home, it been rejected by five preceding groups.
You really want to be in one of those groups.
Ask the local agent if they participate in the "First Look" option.
The "FIRST LOOK' network of agents are interested in serious buyers who are able and wiling to pay FAIR MARKET value. If you polute the progarm with a low-ball, you will find yourself relgated to the outer darkness chasing vapors of homes 'just' sold. If you reject the third home that meets your critiera, you will not see the fourth. First Look is for serious buyers only. Lookers and kickers and low-ballers are not compatible with this option.
Are you serius? Pick up the phone and CALL a local REALTOR.
Not serious? Use that contact link.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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