Do You Have a Limit on the Distance You Would Travel to Show a House?

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Real Estate Agent with The DiGiorgio Group

Just got this question in my email:  Do you have a limit on the distance you would travel to show a house?

I didn't know where this young man was coming from, what he had experienced or was planning, but I jumped right in with my answer.  

Because I do, in fact, have pretty strong feelings on this subject. The answer is yes, I do have a limit on the distance I would travel to show a house - usually!

I have shown houses as far south as Littleton, east to Parker, north to Lafayette, and west to some mountain community I can't remember the name of!

But my normal area is north of Denver through Broomfield, east to Thornton and west through Arvada/Golden.

(NOTE:  This is a photo of the Oregon coast.  

THAT is definitely too far for me to go, to show a house!)

Basically, I want to give my clients the best service possible. And that means showing them houses in areas where I'm familiar with the community, home values, local planning and a bit of the history.

However, sometimes people want me to help them even though I explain that where they're looking is out of my normal territory.

I'll go ahead and do it for people who are confident that they have enough familiarity with the area themselves, or people who have bought homes before so they don't need such intense assistance, or people who just really want me to be their agent (usually folks who've been reading my blog for a while, or sons and daughters of past clients and friends, etc.).

I just have to do a lot more research when I go out of my normal area, because that's the only way I feel confident representing a client!  

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I write posts on real estate issues and local events in the Denver metro area, especially those *communities between Denver and Boulder, as a public service. My hope is to give people an idea of the ‘flavor’ of our community, in case they’re new or moving to the Denver area.

I am a residential real estate agent, happily helping folks buy a house or sell a house in the beautiful and friendly *suburbs northwest of Denver. *Arvada, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, Westminster; also Thornton, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Northglen, Lakewood

Read more about Arvada Colorado, a historic small town between Denver and Boulder.

Find Homes for Sale, no Matter Who Listed Them, at Dream House Hunting.

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Copyright © 2012 Joetta Fort, The DiGiorgio Group

 
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Joetta Fort, Realtor       720-353-8031       joetta.fort@gmail.com


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William Feela
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Living in a more rural area...I travel a great distance at times.  Price also dictates the distance.  I have lived in a wide area and after knowing areas because of living in the communities, and still having many friends, It has been easy to keep up with even the farthest reaches.

May 20, 2012 05:01 PM #1
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Cindy Jones
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Sure I can sell in all of Virginia but there is no way I would attempt it.  So I do limit the area where I list & sell t those where I beleive I can provide the best service for my clients.

May 20, 2012 05:03 PM #2
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Saint Lucie West, FL
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At today's gas prices, I too set limits and have a great referral network of buyer agents that I can pass off inquiries like this to.

May 20, 2012 05:13 PM #3
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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

William - everything is different in rural areas, it seems!

Cindy - It's good to have boundaries, and serve your clients the great way you do!

Kevin - That's another thing I need to work on setting up - a great network of referral agents!

May 20, 2012 05:21 PM #4
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Nancy Middleton
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Nancy Middleton, Counselor Realty, Minnetonka, MN

Yes, I do have a limit on the areas where I list and show property. I generally am active and knowledgeable about the Minneapolis Western Suburbs and communities around Lake Minnetonka. If I am asked to do something far out of my area, I will refer the business to another agent in my own KW office or CRS contact or someone who I know will do the same excellent job I would do myself. I often will interview them to be sure they have the knowledge and skills to handle the particularl client and/or the area.

Nancy Middleton, Realtor, CRS
Keller Williams Realty, Lake Minnetonka,
Wayzata, Minnesota

May 20, 2012 05:31 PM #5
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Dan Jasmer
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My partner and I have definite geographical boundaries in our selling area because it is a major city with countless neighborhoods and it has taken us years to learn all we know.  I would not want to travel outside of these boundaries because of my lack of knowledge.  Active Rain is the perfect solution because I can always find someone to refer to.

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It is important to know and stick to the limits of your expertise and functionality, in our business that will vary by the type of project and size of the project, but it is still very important to stick within the areas where we can excel.

May 20, 2012 05:51 PM #7
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Rob D. Shepherd
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If its more than a half hour/or over 20 miles its out of my market expertise.

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Ken Brandon
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I stay within the confines of our County to represent buyers, and there are exceptions to that as well.

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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
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Thanks for your input, everyone.  I guess the agents who would go anywhere for a showing or listing aren't going to chime in!

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