There are different levels of "things not going right." But first, let me tell you that here in New Hampshire we are experiencing a tremendous amount of relocation buyers. We have some great buying jobs, expanding technology and health care industries. We also have NO income tax and NO sales tax. I recently have worked with two relos from BAE and another from Fidelity.
I am not on "their list", but am on the employees list. I helped one manager, then another manager move to NH as they expand greatly here in my area. Many high skilled workers from across the country are heading to NH. I treated them right. They were happy and refer me to everyone and anyone making the move.
SO what is the issue? Well many relocation buyers are given options of Northern Massachusetts or Southern NH. The lure of BOSTON is great as many have never heard of NH. I am about 20 minutes from the state line down the newly expanded I93. For a 20 minute ride, many buyers can get twice the size home, 5-10 times size lot and again, no income or sales tax. Also an important fact is homes can cost from 1/4 to 1/2 as less.
In the last two months, I got calls from two different relocation's from CA. They wanted Northern MA or NH. The first interviewed me but chose their "companies agent". They were the company agent "so they had to be better" is what she told me.
The second buyer really liked me and came well referred by her new manger. She though was told by her company relo company that they should choose "their" relo agent who has agents licensed in both MA and NH. But the buyer pleaded they don't want to be in MA. Only NH and I would be just fine. She stopped her buying process waiting to be released from said company agent who was non responsive to her request to see NH homes.
The sad part is out there in the world is a relo company giving advice based on them accepting a 20% referral fee for these employees moving cross country. The fact may be the relo company may not be needed. The employees are getting first hand experience from follow workers who made the move cross country to NH already. They share their experiences and who the fellow employees should use. It is sadder they charge the employees additional fees for choosing their agents where the employee could choose me at no additional cost and get the personal service they seek.
It is the life of an independent Real Estate agent. Then came the call, that first buyer who purchased close to Boston, they want to move. They hate it. The homes are too close together. The traffic is horrible. It is not the New England feel they hoped for. Then came the other reason, when they visited a co-workers home here in NH that i assisted them in buying. They paid less than they did for the Boston area home. The home is almost new, 3200 sf on 2 acres complete with 2 car garage and privacy. They paid less than the 1400 sf home with no garage and postage stamp lot near Boston. The kids raved how they loved their new NH school and how nice everyone was.
That buyer had to squash their ego and call me. I did not hold a grudge. I welcomed their call. They want to sell the Boston area home and move to the area of their co worker. They are going to take a loss as they paid top dollar for that Boston home on 2 months ago. But their quality of life will improve they said by making another move.
In the end, there is both happy news and not so happy news. There is a lesson to be learned. As a buyer or seller you have a choice. EVEN when relocating you have a choice. Listen to those around you how well or not so well their experiences were.
It is important that every Buyer or Seller should not just choose any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. Having an agent that works for you is a must.
My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.