Importance of a LOCAL Realtor


WHY is it important to work with a LOCAL Realtor?

I thought this wasn’t in an HOA??

As a LOCAL Realtor, for Mason County,  I focus specifically within a certain radius that I am an expert in;  working out of my market area – I do not know enough about areas out of my market such as specific market times, values,  specific county/city ordinances, neighborhoods, amenities etc.  A fairly typical radius for what we would consider LOCAL for a market area -ours being  quite rural)  “LOCAL” is approx a 40-60 mile radius (although 60 is pushing it for me).

In the past few weeks, waiting and watching our multiple listing service for new homes for sale to come on the market, I have noticed an increase in out of area agents marketing homes within our market area.  Three of the new listings that came on the market had incorrect information inputted in the MLS.  I actually passed a listing up for one of my Buyers because of wrong information, and it happened to be the one for my client. Fortunately, because I know the area like the back of my hand, I went back and did the research that brought up the incorrect info.

As a LOCAL Realtor,  focusing within a certain radius allows me to be an expert in that area. Out of area brokers  do not have that expertise – such as  market times, values,  specific county/city ordinances, neighborhoods, restricted uses, and amenities. A typical radius for a LOCAL market (our area being  quite rural) ,is approx  40-60 miles; although, I will say that 60 miles is pushing it for me… The further away something is, the harder it is to maintain that listing for me.

Consequently, Buyers will miss seeing your home if it is marketed with  incorrect information

Common Mistakes Made by non LOCAL Realtors

Here are just a few of the most common mistakes I have seen:

  1. Brokers placing homes in the wrong Multiple Listing Service area, causing other brokers to not see the listing…. It can’t be sold, if it can’t be seen!
  2.  Wrong information such as the certain restrictions of the property use or neighborhood, or amenities etc.
  3.  Wrong Directions to the property. If you can’t get there, well………  you know the rest.. 🙄

Fortunately, because of my area expertise as a LOCAL realtor, I can “read between the lines,” so to speak,  when reviewing listings marketed by out of area brokers.

Sold by a LOCAL realtor

Hood Canal & Belfair Area Homes for Sale and Sold

To sum it all up, I can’t say enough, ALL real estate is local.  Using a  LOCAL Realtor to market your home is extremely important!  We are experts in our area.  We know the neighborhoods, amenities, and how best to market your home in our specific area..   Not all areas are the same by any means. Especially fair market values!   Using a non LOCAL Realtor to market your home could cost you time and money !

To sum it up, we at Windermere Peninsula Properties, are YOUR LOCAL Realtor AREA EXPERTS!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to earn the highest rate of return in the least amount of time on your home sale!

Call us – experienced and reputable to the North and South Shores of Hood Canal, Union, Tahuya,  Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Parts of Shelton, Victor as well as Southern Kitsap County.

A seller’s market – what are you waiting for?!!!  Call for a FREE NO OBLIGATION comparative market analysis!

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm
Valerie Spaulding | Category: Uncategorized, Website Exposure | Tagged , , ,

Adapting and Overcoming Changes

Well it has been about a week since Windermere upgraded our websites to bring us the best of the best techonology in today’s world.  I for one, well, truthfully, do not like change but have slowly learned to adapt and overcome!  I haven’t quite completed or accomplished the look and feel I am looking for on my new website, but I hope you’ll hang in there until all the kinks are worked out and we’re back on track!

I am fairly computer and internet savvy, but it has been a challenge utilizing the new format, but I know with time and knowledge it will be better than ever for both you, as the consumer,and myself, as a professional broker marketing your home for sale or for rent! 

I have not had much time to learn all the new tricks and widgets and links etc. due to being quite busy in the field,  but I am learning something new each and everyday and working to incorporate it into my new website. 

 I can’t thank you enough for your patience as this process evolves and soon – soon I hope to have another very user friendly and informative website up and running.  My goal is to be able to keep you informed and promote all of my active listings with ease and the best exposure possible on the internet!  

Adapt and overcome has been my motto through this process and I hope you will too will take the time to wander through, post your input (good or bad) as we rebuild and accomplish fantastic internet exposure utilizing all of Windermere’s excellent and top notch technology resources! 

Hope to hear from you soon!


Posted on October 24, 2011 at 12:53 am
Valerie Spaulding | Category: Uncategorized, Website Exposure | Tagged ,