OUT OF TOWN CLIENTS...A SPECIAL CHALLENGE!

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Real Estate Agent with Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 CalBRE # 01188158

It is not unusual for me to be helping clients that live out of town.  Specializing in older neighborhoods does that.  Original or long-time home owners move on to bigger and better things.  The family needs the help and expertise of a local Realtor, since they can't be there. So, as I said, I quite often help out of town clients. However, I seem to have an unusually large number of this type of client right now.

For example, right now I am in escrow with a cute little house in Elmhurst near the University of California at Davis Med Center.  The young couple that are purchasing it are moving from New York to be residents at the Med Center.  The wife's parents who are from Hillsborough (about 2 hours away) are the "scouts" for the buyers. So, I am constantly sending documents and videos to New York and Hillsborough and meeting the parents at the house on their way to Tahoe. 

Another listing's owner lives in Martinez, but travels constantly.  I am always playing "Where's Waldo" with her.

I am also in escrow with another couple who do live here, but had to travel to Palm Desert for family reasons.  Wouldn't you know...their loan documents came in 2 hours after they left, so we are getting an accomodation signing in Palm Desert and recording here.

Another listing is vacant, the owners already having moved to Davis (about 20 minutes away). It is still on the market, so no logistics to deal with yet...but I know it is coming!

Don't misunderstand...I actually like these kinds of challenges.  I enjoy the ability to offer to take the load off of their shoulders and be their advocate here in Sacramento.  I can almost see the weight lift off of their shoulders when I tell them I can take care of cleaning, a little updating, meeting the needed professionals, etc. I just have never had every single client be long-distance before!

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Rainer
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John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Paula, Sounds like fun to me!  I work in a predominantly retirement market...the majority of my incoming clients are from out of state.  Fun to work with people from all over the country!

Mar 26, 2010 03:24 PM #1
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Paula, I get my fair share of out of town buyers (just closed on one today) but I don't know that I have ever had all my clients be out of town buyers.

Mar 26, 2010 03:35 PM #2
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Paula, I'm finding that AR brings buyers from all over the country.  I am also working with several out-of-town buyers right now.

Mar 26, 2010 03:36 PM #3
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Paula, I've missed your posts lately and like you work with out of town buyers too. I also enjoy it and really have a great time introducing newcomers to Austin, the city sells itself ;-)

Mar 27, 2010 04:13 AM #4
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Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

At least you are working in some of the best neighborhoods in Sacramento.  Buyers remorse can be especially bad with someone who does not know the area very well and regrets their decision.

Mar 27, 2010 12:06 PM #5
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Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi John!
I agree...this can get to be a habit!

Hi Marchel!
This many is a bit unusual for me as well, but I am enjoying it!

Hi Tammie!
I haven't had the priviledge of working for clients from AR, but I am looking forward to doing some day soon!

Hi Russell!
If I lived in Austin, I think I would have fun (and be very proud) to introduce newcomers to your area. I am trying to get back to the Rain from a long hiatus. I miss it.

Hi Bob!
I am very lucky, and haven't had the buyers remorse issue!

Mar 27, 2010 04:42 PM #6
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