Why Use a Local REALTOR®
While a B.C. real estate license is good anywhere in the province, there are some compelling reasons why you should use a local REALTOR® when buying or selling property.
It’s in your best interest to use an agent who knows the local real estate market and no one knows local real estate better then a local REALTOR®. Local real estate agents have extensive knowledge of the area and unique insight into local property values. They have expertise in the local market; and current issues and trends. They regularly attend local property tours, know the listing inventory and know their way around the area, can identify areas the market feels are more or less desirable, and can also save time when looking for a hard-to-find listing.
They are familiar with local issues (traffic patterns, services, utilities, creeks, hazards); they know what’s considered above the snow line and what’s considered below, they know about local permit areas and are familiar with local municipal requirements for building, renovating and secondary suites. Those with longevity in the business will be familiar with building eras and what to be aware of over time, including things like how homes were heated when first built (oil tanks?), what areas were before they were residential (industrial? Cottage country?).
A local area REALTOR® has cultivated relationships over time with their colleagues. After all, the essence of the MLS System is co-operation, and what better way than to get to know your local colleagues and work together with them for the benefit of the people we all serve? A good & familiar relationship based on trust & co-operation makes things go smoothly for all concerned.
In the case of Royal LePage Sussex, we have over 300 local agents and are the largest volume-producing firm on the North Shore. Why is that important? We network with these people daily. We have an internal “hotsheet” so we may hear of something coming to the market before it hits the MLS system, giving our buyers and sellers a little bit of an advantage in timing. We hear some of the actual stories & reasoning behind the numbers. We can share knowledge, feedback, ideas and expertise among this group in an environment of trust & mutual respect. We have the best administrative & management staff in the business. We are all here to help one another, and that helps us all better serve our clients.
A local area REALTOR® not only studies the market statistics, but lives them, and can make sense of them to put them in perspective for their clients. Is the data market-wide? Or is it pocket oriented? (ie.) sub-area specific? Are some areas performing better than others? Which parts of the local area have always sold well over time? Which ones have traditionally been a challenge to sell? When is the best time to sell or buy? …
An agent who lives and works in the local area can be on hand for inspections and appraisals. They are involved in their community and can put you in touch with service people you may have need of.
If a buyer is from out of town, they can even play a little bit of “Tour Guide” after the home touring part of their trip is over… ..and who knows, they might even turn out to be a neighbor!
Looking to buy or sell on the North Shore? Give us a call. Looking in other parts of B.C? We have a wide network of professionals who are experts in their respective communities and we would be happy to introduce you to the right person for you!