This seems to be the most common opinion, but is it still the correct one in 2022?
What’s the agent’s role?
The Agents role is to negotiate. Everything else is just activities to create leverage for that negotiation. As a seller, you need to have an agent that knows the local market and is familiar with the property you are selling, but do they need to be local to know all this? There’s a cool new bit of tech that we use, it’s called the internet and we think it’s going to take off soon, which has a fair bit of information on it; an agent will be able to find out everything they need from there.
No agent will just wave a magic wand.
There’s a lot to do when you’re selling your home, from decluttering and cleaning, staging, and any small touch-ups to making sure it’s in good condition before going on the market. An agent is there to guide you through the process and offer advice; it’s not just about turning up at a couple of opens and then running an auction.
So, let’s go back to our question. Do you need a local agent to sell your house?
Ultimately, the choice of whether to work with a real estate agent depends on your needs and preferences.
Almost everyone has an impression that the busiest agent must be the best because they sell the most properties in the suburbs.
However, looking at the picture closely, most people will only sell one or two properties in their lives. The question is, do you want to sell with an agent who is so busy that you get lost in the machine? or do you want to sell it with an agent who takes the time to be personally involved, can adjust the campaign when necessary, and spends the time negotiating hard with the buyers?
And this is all up to you.