Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management)

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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Yes, definitely. One of my daughters consistently does a bunch of VA work for me several states away and I recently hired the VA's employed by Nestor & Katerina Gasset to do some very targeted updates for my biz. Divide and conquer is a solution that works well for me.

Mar 19, 2017 08:01 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have four, two in Romania, one in the US, and one in India. Will be using one more for database management.

Mar 19, 2017 07:59 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I have used one for a very specific project that was short term several years ago. I have looked into it a few times for making phone calls and paperwork type stuff but never ended up doing it.-Kasey

Mar 19, 2017 07:39 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I know some people rave about them but, I hire locally in order to expand their job descriptions (for sign placements, picking up checks, lock box installation, etc.).  Having those feet on the ground is important to me - and being able to keep locals employed as well!

Mar 19, 2017 07:35 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I have not felt the need to. Most of the help i need is the running around kind Nathan Gesner 

Mar 19, 2017 07:32 AM
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Yes, I started using a virtual assistant back in 2007 to help together the short sale packages to send to the banks. She was a very nice lady, but the work was not getting done quick enough with the benchmarks I had set. I set benchmarks based on how fast I can do a task plus added on a cushion since most people are not going to be as fast as I am at a task I know very well. 

Then I hired a more local company in Miami, they were very expensive and a disaster. 

Then I was introduced to a man in the Philippines, who became a good fried of our family. I trained him but soon we had over 48 short sale listings so I taught him how to train other vas to help off load the tasks, at this time it was putting all those listings on Realbird! 

Fast foward, now I own that company and we are doing amazing things for our clients. It was one of those doors I never expected would open for us. I don't sleep much as we are in our 7th month, which means I work about 18 hours a day on training the vas, talking to our clients, helping with tasks, doing quality reviews, onboarding new clients, etc. I am grateful every day- needless to stay- life changed a bit:) I no longer work with buyers and stopped going on listing presentations in order to care for this new start up . I would be happy to talk to you any time ! 

Mar 20, 2017 04:47 PM
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Teri Pacitto
RE/MAX Olson & Associates, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

My long tenure administrative assistant moved to AZ several years ago and still works for me as a VA. She's indispensable and knows it.  She's never issued a beat on anything and it's like she never left.

I also have 2 more VA hires this year and specifically for data base management for one and the other for technology.  

Its one of the best business decisions ever.  Don't knock it until you try. 

Mar 19, 2017 04:01 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No; however, I know there are some good ones out there.

Mar 20, 2017 08:21 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I have not - I debated it a few months ago and opted for in house - my tasks need to be monitored

Mar 20, 2017 07:03 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I have used a LOCAL  VA

Mar 20, 2017 04:43 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties International - Naples, FL
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Yes, but only for marketing specialties.

Mar 20, 2017 04:19 AM
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Lisa Martinez
DKC Realty Group, LLC - Bronx, NY
I work in the NY Bronx and Westchester County area

Yes, I have. It's great how technology allows us to extend our capacity to function outside of a traditional office environment. Usuing a virtual assistant seems to be the direction that busy agents are opting to take. Many prove to be very efficient and a life saver when your are overwhelmed with paperwork and needing the help to get through the day. As long as the work is completed, I am ok with having someone assist me remotely.

Mar 19, 2017 08:06 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

Yes I am: Sacramento,CA and South San Diego are my two. I have never met most of them.

Mar 19, 2017 07:41 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I tried a VA (Virtual Assistant) once before but I was not happy with how things went and quit after a few weeks.  I am now re-thinking that process and may go that route again.

Mar 19, 2017 07:04 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Yes we currently have two and it's worked out perfectly.

Mar 19, 2017 06:23 PM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Whatever works for you. I hire locally full time and my Administrative Assistant has been with me for 8.5 years..we work side by side and wouldn't have it any other way!

Mar 19, 2017 05:04 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have not

Mar 19, 2017 04:57 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have not since a have a tech assistant that I see in person 2 days a week.

Mar 19, 2017 03:44 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

no, I never have, but for the agent who does not have time for marketing and other tasks, it's a blessing...

Mar 19, 2017 03:06 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC - New Fairfield, CT
Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY

No and would not consider it, unless it's someone I know.

Mar 19, 2017 02:34 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Exit Bennett Realty - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

No, but I've been talking to one of my friends who has 3 VAs and he has been very successful with the arrangement.  I plan to get more details from him soon.

Mar 19, 2017 02:30 PM
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Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Once.  Out of state.   I prefer someone local that I can see face to face when necessary.

Mar 19, 2017 01:15 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Suri is my version of the answer to your question

Mar 19, 2017 09:45 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Years ago I did. She lived a county away. It was a disaster.

Mar 19, 2017 09:17 AM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

No assistant but my transaction coordinator works virtually and has since we started working together about 4 years ago

Mar 19, 2017 08:46 AM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

Yes, I have in the past prior to becoming a Realtor. I would be interested in what types of work/projects others are hiring a virtual assistant to do.

Mar 19, 2017 08:13 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Yes, but not for many years now. I found it hard to coordinate with someone who was so far away.

Mar 19, 2017 08:12 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have one that works for the title company and follows up on my paper work for closing.  

Mar 22, 2017 08:34 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have used VA to develop web sites

Mar 20, 2017 09:27 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Yes - frequently...

Mar 20, 2017 06:53 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

No.

Mar 20, 2017 06:52 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No; we insist on deeper knowledge of the markets we work within from all in our group.

Mar 20, 2017 06:26 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, I have in the past for some tasks.

Mar 20, 2017 05:29 AM
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Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - not yet. But soon I will be.

Mar 19, 2017 11:35 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Mar 19, 2017 10:15 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I like my assistant at a desk in the next room.  But we do have several foresters who are largely virtual and only put in an appearance at the office about once a year.

Mar 19, 2017 06:53 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have not

Mar 19, 2017 04:02 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Only if you count escrow and title reps.

Mar 19, 2017 09:59 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Yes.

Mar 19, 2017 09:37 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Have not, but many swear by virtual assistnats!

Mar 19, 2017 08:33 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner No

Mar 19, 2017 08:18 AM