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As an agent, I would refer the listing to an agent who resides close to where the property is located. I feel that I wouldn't be able to represent the seller to the best of my ability.
that's one of those "it depends" questions. How far out of market, why does the seller want to list with my firm, is it an area our MLS has coverage? So many things go into the decision.
unless the agent can demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and expertise to handle the listing and if the broker is not comfortable supervising the transaction, it probably should be referred. In our office, we only do accompanied showings - that's what's done around here by most brokerages - it wouldn't be cost effective do have a listing more than 20-30 miles out for me!
If an agent wants a listing in another part of the state then so be it. We do have that situation here where I'll see on occasion a discount broker from West Palm Beach with their name on a listing. It's difficult for showings and it's pretty stupid but if they want to waste their time it's ok with me and quite frankly non of my business.
I would prefer that agent refer it out since that is not their area of expertise.
I would like to know their reason for not referring it out.
Martin Kalisker If the agent thinks they can service it, I would go along with it.
In our office, the agent would make that decision. I guess some brokers would try to micro-manage their agents.