How far can you travel and still do right by your clients?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with American Eagle Realty 20428415

In Minnesota real estate agents are licensed to work anywhere in the state but I firmly believe that to truly represent a client  a good agent must have an understanding of not only the property but also the area where the property is located. Since I live and work in west central Minnesota I am certain I cannot go to the north shore along Lake Superior nor could I go to the Twin Cities and represent a buyer or seller. Each county has different zoning regulations and laws. Each town or city has a capital improvement plan. Short term and longer term plans often are paid through assessments to the property owners and could have a huge impact on the buyer's house payment in the years to come.

First time home buyers and people relocating to the area often don't understand the issues we have with moisture in local basements due to the soil type of our area. I think part of our job is to help them understand all aspects of the property they are investing in including issues that could affect their use and enjoyment of the property. Can an agent that travels 50 to 60 miles (we've even had agents travel 175+ miles) to show houses to their client really be working for them when they don't know or understand the local issues?

It seems that as the market slowed down agents began traveling further and further from the area they knew. Are they doing the right thing for their clients?

Comments (1)

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

Karen,  We have the same issue  here in Arkansas.  Agents travel a hundred miles, call you to open a house for them and by the way, bring me all the info....Not ethical in my book.

Jul 19, 2010 08:38 AM