We're Only As Good As Our Local Knowledge

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

We're Only As Good As Our Local Knowledge

Mason Ohio

My parents are retired to the mountains of West Virginia just a few miles from my mom's birthplace.  Beautiful mountains, a river behind them, rich dirt for their garden.  But this scenic place comes with its own set of hazards.  Just ask any trucker that relies SOLELY on their GPS and not on local expertise.  My parents have a long list of stories of truckers that took the GPS recommended DIRECT route and were stranded as a result.  A wrong turn up a dirt road and you'll find yourself in places that 18 wheelers can't go.  Bridges that won't support the weight, turns too sharp and narrow, and you want a place to turn around?  Good luck with that!

Real estate is no different!  While you CAN find some level of information on national sites, to get the best knowledge of buying or selling a home you need a local agent.  Someone that lives and breathes local, knows the pulse, knows what's coming down the pipe.  More taxes?  Schools having trouble?  The big field next door about to become a bunch of apartments? 

Now we don't mean that your agent can ONLY live in your subdivision if you're trying to sell or has to live in the community you're buying in, but they'd better understand what's shaking in the local area.  The news that counts.  The information that means the difference between you making a REALLY smart decision or regretting your choice!

Want to talk local real estate and your needs?  Just give us a call at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Serving Warren County home buyers and sellers,

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Tis true, BLiz. Hiring a local agent who knows the market is always the best approach (IMO).

Dec 20, 2014 02:25 AM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Wise words, and very true...we offer the opportunity of interpretation.

Dec 20, 2014 02:39 AM #2
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Say it, BLiz!   People who think they can go it alone, with only the help of the Internet, may find themselves up the proverbial creek. 

Dec 20, 2014 03:06 AM #3
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

BLiz, this so resonates with the post I just published about relying on "experts" and how many are self-professed experts.  We cannot be too careful or ask too many questions when it comes to the people we hire!

Dec 20, 2014 04:29 AM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

No doubt in my mind you are the two that know your area better than anyone else.

Dec 20, 2014 04:33 AM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Anita,  A lot to be gained by having an agent that understands the local conditions.

Li, It's one of the best attributes an agent can bring, an understanding and clear interpretation.

Fred, The 'Net by itself is not nearly enough.

Kathleen, We've seen that too "#1 in a neighborhood" based on.....drumroll....ONE sale.  Yes, you're tied for 1st with 42 other agents that all had ONE sale.  Ugggh.

Roger, We do our best to know the pertinent info.


Dec 20, 2014 04:57 AM #6
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

Magic 8 Ball says "it is decidedly so!"  Living locally AND being well-informed is definitely a winning combination.

Dec 20, 2014 06:37 AM #7
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

BLiz, knowing what's going on locally--and blogging about it is the key to our business!

Dec 20, 2014 07:42 AM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jenna, It's what we do to serve our clients :)

Tom, And we'll keep blogging about it to share the info to our area home buyers and sellers.

Dec 20, 2014 08:44 AM #9
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

You are absolutely correct. I buy homes to flip in a very specific area, I know every street and every price range. The chances of success become that much easier that way.

Thank you for the comment regarding the re-blogging issue. The quotes aren't the issue, as we have already experimented. One of my posts got re-blogged on the 16th and there have been 4 other attempts since and it is apparently still a problem. I'll let the AR Gods figure it out.

Dec 20, 2014 09:31 AM #10
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

In our area, it's not rare to see agents selling homes located two hours away. Nashville is only 30 minutes but it's eons away from our knowledge base. Instead, we focus on one county with the bulk of our knowledge being in Franklin real estate. We feel there are plenty of buyers and sellers to feed our pipeline. Isn't that generally why agents work outside their scope of knowledge?

Dec 20, 2014 09:51 AM #11
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Joe, Wish the reblog issue had been a simple thing for you.  And for flipping, you've got your neighborhood knowledge down inside and out.

Tammie,  Similar approach here.  We COULD do business in downtown Cincinnati and Dayton, but that's not our comfort zone.  We cover our county and immediately adjacent, and our niche homes wherever they are in our market.

Dec 20, 2014 09:54 AM #12
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Awesome post Bliz, and right on the money.  Local people have their thumbs on local happenings.

Dec 20, 2014 12:03 PM #13
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

You got that right! It is the knowledge and experience of the area that make the Best Real Estate Agents and that is not something that happens overnight.

We've seen too many Agents who just moved to the area that thought it would be eazy-peazy to sell real estate and found out the hard way that it takes a lot more than that when looking for that special home and location!

Great post!

Dec 20, 2014 10:29 PM #14
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Liz and Bill Spear ~ knowledge is king and having the right touch with clients is equally king. You need both to be the very best 

Dec 21, 2014 05:09 AM #15
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Evelyn, We've got to know what is going on to best help our clients.

Bobbie, There can be massive differences in how real estate is practiced, then throw in the added burden of totally understanding the local market and you've got a tough problem for someone to surmount.

Jon, It definitely helps to have the people skills to go with the expertise.

Dec 21, 2014 05:16 AM #16
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Absolutely brilliant post.  We have some very expensive homes in the Village and so outside Agents always want to overprice homes.  This local market changes from one street to the next.  The exact same house can sell for $100,000 more than one three blocks away.

Dec 22, 2014 04:08 AM #17
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Liz, Obviously HUGE variation in your neighborhood and not something someone from 50 miles away would readily know!

Dec 22, 2014 05:38 AM #18
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