Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)

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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Remember Paul Harvey?  I'd want to hear "the rest of the story"...
I might say, "I appreciate your consideration and respect your decision, however, may I inquire - how do you define 'local expert' and what criteria was important to you in choosing a Realtor for this listing?"

Feb 05, 2017 11:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What does the word "expert" really mean? Just because they live there? Anyone can call themselves the neighborhood expert but the proof is not only the actual knowledge they might have that no one else does, or the resources but other competencies. Is being the expert in that community going to sell the home? Not likely. What will sell it is correct pricing, knowing the local market conditions, understanding buyer behavior, appropriate preparation for the market, a written marketing plan with targeted marketing, and great skills as a negotiator.

Feb 05, 2017 11:19 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I have to agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel ...I live and market my community and have for 22 years..I'm visible, I sponsor activities and serve on school boards. I've sold many homes several times and have become known as the trusted resource. I know my list to sell ratio, have strong references from many residents who've used me many times and maintain a community website. Will I get all the listings? No and I don't want them. I sometimes am called to find out what I'd list a home for and then they use a friend and list at the price I gave them. All okay! Sure you can find out all the particulars but I already know who to call to have the gate open for an open house in the gated section. I have the deed restrictions on my community website, I have the floor plans for all the homes in the community because I saved all the builder floor plans when they were being built. I know the history of the community and the builders who built the homes. Appraisers call me because they know I know the homes and the differences between the sections and why some sections obtain a higher price. My strategy is to capitalize on my position as the visible local resource, my past consistent success and many see that value and give me the edge. I'd say Kenneth J. Jones has some good objection strategy to overcome my reputation as the most frequently Realtor in my community. Bring it on! LOL!!!

Feb 05, 2017 03:47 PM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-284-9826
White Sands Realty Group FL | 941-284-9826 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of

There's not really much more that they can do or know. It's more of a perception.

Living in the community can actually go either way. I'm getting a listing in a community where one agent dominates. I'm getting the listing because the seller doesn't particularly like that agent and feels she's too pushy.

Feb 05, 2017 10:41 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Results are what matters. Familiarity is important but it is but one factor.

Feb 05, 2017 07:15 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Everyone uses their criteria, it is up to us to convince them to use the criteria that we think is best.

Feb 05, 2017 02:39 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's a commonly heard dumb statement by homeowners who have an agent living in their neighborhood.... dumb.

Feb 05, 2017 02:09 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've lost out to that before too.  Had a friend who listed with someone who had a few listings in the area (no sales) and marketed herself as "the neighborhood expert".  People believe it if they see it and you can't fix stupid.


I see people on Nextdoor all the time recommending an agent who lives in our area, regardless of the fact that three other agents do as well.  I've been tempted to say "well if living in the area is the #1 qualification, contact me, Bobby and Sue we all live here.  Heck, I'm even on the board of the Country Club!"


Once they've done the hiring, there isn't much you can do.  If the decision hasn't been made yet, I'd stress that "I'm only a phone call away and can be there in X minutes" and that the majority of marketing is done online so where they live is not a relevant factor these days.

The family across the street and 1 door down from me (that knows I'm in real estate) listed with a Compass agent in Malibu (30-45 minutes away) who farmed the open house out to Keller Williams agents and has no sign on the property.  Sometimes living in the area has no impact at all.

Feb 05, 2017 11:38 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Typically an agent that lives in the neighborhood has some conflicts with the fact that she has a vested interest in the community and may not be able to look at the area with objectivity.

Feb 06, 2017 06:21 AM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I'd ask how the seller determined that this person is a "local expert". The term local expert is subjective at best. 

Some sellers don't realize the consequences of conferring that title on a particular agent. The "winner take all" mentality is not only anti-competitive, but it essentially gives control over market prices in a neighborhood or development to one company and one agent. Is that really what sellers want when they are competing with others in their neighborhood for a buyer?

Feb 06, 2017 03:10 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

They may have more knowledge of the property and the community, but what do they know about all the other factors involved? How well do they represent clients? How many homes have they sold? There is so much more to real estate than just knowledge of the home.

Feb 05, 2017 08:12 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

Perception is reality.  You can't change the consumer's perception of "who is the local expert", even when we, as Realtors, all know that any decent agent can handle most locations with equal success.

Feb 05, 2017 07:53 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

All you can do is shake your head in disbelief.

Feb 05, 2017 05:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Sometimes the local expert can know too much ... and the seller is at a higher risk of non-dislcosure if the agent does not disclose what they know about the HOA.  It can work against a seller in a HOA community.  

Feb 05, 2017 04:03 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Is she self proclaimed or...

Feb 05, 2017 02:59 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Just because they live in or near a complex does not make them an expert. I have those type of agents here in my area that pester residents and acoust those who list with other agents. Listing is about service, i tell them what i offer and what makes me stand out

Feb 05, 2017 01:39 PM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Each Seller has their own criteria they look for in an agent.. and some don't interview their agent to find out about theri knowledge and experience.. just because you live in same neighbourhood doesn't necessarily make you the expert.

Feb 05, 2017 01:21 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Anyone can buy a sign rider for $5.00 that says "Neighborhood Expert". The logic of some sellers doesn't always make sense to everyone. Some hire a family member, a co-worker, someone who lives close by so they can go by and walk the dog if a buyer wants  to see the house while seller is at work, etc.

Feb 05, 2017 12:58 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have seen that happen on several occasions.  The difference is that the agent is out there in the community and is visible.  This agent may not be as savvy in terms of negotiations or other skills, but she/he understands the value of face to face.  

One of our clients is the undisputed expert in her neighborhood and she knows every home in the area.  She is on HOA board, participates in all the activities there, and she is constantly visible.  She has sold some homes 5 times in the area, she has at least 10 pages of solds in the community.  

I would become more visible and active to start with. There is nothing to dissuade someone  who believes that someone is the  "expert" .   You are going to have to wait for them to screw up, or come up with a different strategy.  

Feb 05, 2017 12:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I'm sorry this happened to you but as others have answered -- after the fact, it becomes a learning experience.  

"What do you think the neighborhood expert will do that I haven't already shown you?"

"Is the expertise of a partiuclar agent you're only criteria for choosing who is going to represent you?

If I can show you how I will market your property to get the best exposure, the highest possible price which results in the best terms in the time that best fits with your schedule will you choose me?   Or is your mind already made up?"

Feb 06, 2017 08:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. Living in the community is not a qualifying element for the selection of an agent.

Feb 06, 2017 06:48 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Welcome to my nightmare LOL

"We hired our Aunt who lives NY"

"We hired our friend who lives Georgia"

Feb 06, 2017 06:46 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS Bring out the big guns. How many homes has she sold in the neighborhood? How many are listed? Historical facts will tell the story. It may be true, but the facts are in the proof.

Feb 06, 2017 06:03 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Jeff Dowler nailed this one!

Feb 06, 2017 05:04 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's not, but that's the sales pitch and the perception.

Feb 06, 2017 04:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh yeah... I'm about to list a home this month where the seller had been given my name but chose not to call me and instead selected an agent who "sold a lot" in the neighborhood. Six months later... zero, zip, zilch... and he's paid a big mortgage on an empty house. NOW he says he should have called me upfront. BTW, I checked out this agent he had... she has a lot of listings in the neighborhood... sales not so much and DOM very high. Big difference between listing and selling. Besides, what does "local expert" mean? At the end of the day, selling a home is about staging it, pricing it right, and marketing the hell out of it... what localism comes into play here?

Feb 06, 2017 03:42 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - good point and wish I can think of any objection strategy for this.

Checking other GOOD answers.

Feb 05, 2017 10:45 PM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Apparently so.

Feb 05, 2017 07:38 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It could be that that agent is an expert and has a great track record in the neighborhood. The stats will tell the story.

Feb 05, 2017 06:46 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

The local expert is necessary for the buyers' agent but, for the listing agent, you want someone who is highly skilled at negotiations AND provides top-notch marketing.  Sharing your list-to-sales price ratios and DOM works when you're competing in a neighborhood that one agent dominates too.

Feb 05, 2017 06:35 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

What Dorie Dillard said. 

Feb 05, 2017 04:58 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Must have track record he is a all good around agent known to sell homes in the neighborhood.  

Feb 05, 2017 04:04 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not always!

Feb 05, 2017 03:28 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Sadly some can't see beyond their nose.  They have a mentality set and just can't seem to realize we all are experts in our field. Unless we market to target areas, I don't see this changing.

Feb 05, 2017 03:05 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The take away could be it's a catagory that consumers believe is important ?

Feb 05, 2017 12:49 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

With all other things being equal, and that is what we must use as the baseline, being resident in the community, perhaps even being a part of the management DOES have advantage.

You even admitted the outsider might need to make a call or two. 

That is like saying I can fix it if you give me a couple of chances. Who do you hire on that basis?

The resident DOES have the advantage and its up to them to exploit it. They did so successfully in your example.

There are also other reasons, but go beyond the scope of this discussion.

Feb 05, 2017 12:34 PM
John Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate

The most challenging HOA/Neighborhood we go up against is a large 55+ community that for decades owned their own real estate company.  The first office once inside the clubhouse is the realty office.  Since we don't live in that HOA, we cannot provide a tour of the Clubhouse to a prospective buyer - but they can.  They can then tell the prospective buyer that they know of every home that will be coming up for sale, even if they don't win the listing.  Thus, they slam-dunk a lot of transactions, Zero-Days on the market, mostly Full-price.  Skill - NO.  Location, Yes.

Feb 05, 2017 11:56 AM
Toronto, ON

Each seller has their own criteria when selecting an agent.  What is important to one seller may not be important to another seller.

Feb 05, 2017 11:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

That could be a mistake fast.


Feb 05, 2017 11:12 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I think self appointment as a neighborhood expert is nothing but talk and unless its backed-up with something more substantial .. I would counter their reasoning

Feb 03, 2018 08:06 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Neighborhood anomalies and quirks.  Barking dogs, Nasty neighbors, seasonal issues. The zoo it becomes when the kids are all home for the summer. etc. . .

Mar 07, 2017 08:33 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I heard this rejection too and it is not easy to address it, since those relationships are already established. Everyone wants to work with someone they can relate to, and here you come: outsider who does not ''understand'' as well all peculiarities of that particular house and community....:) 

Feb 07, 2017 01:24 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

public needs more education

Feb 06, 2017 03:52 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Maybe yes ... maybe no. She could actually know more about the neighborhood & the sellers feel comfortable with her. Great marketing that you can't beat. She simply outmarketed you.

In my case, I actually try & elevate the prices in the neighborhood.

Feb 06, 2017 02:40 PM
Kathryn Acciari
Central One Federal Credit Union - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

I live in a neighborhood that has an HOA. Sometimes I get listings, sometimes I don't. But VERY frequently I get calls from owners and their agents, just days prior to their closing, asking ME if I can provide them with the HOA rules and regulations. Because...I am indeed the neighborhood expert. 

For you, Thomas, I recommend that you gather all the neighborhood information into a booklet or packet or pdf. Have it at the ready at the next listing appointment. As others have said, meet the objection before it arises. Good luck to you! 

Feb 06, 2017 12:22 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Let's look at the numbers. Is the local agent controlling a big market share or just a neighbor?

Feb 06, 2017 07:56 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 05, 2017 01:09 PM