I received an e-mail on Sunday from a departing homeowner/client who had been contacted directly by a neighbor regarding a "friend" who is moving into the area from NoVA. When the "friend" called my clients, they were arranging viewings of properties for Sunday afternoon, and their NoVA agents would be showing them around.
When my client referred them to me, they said OK. They never contacted me and never contacted the owners again.
I received an e-mail inquiry from my website today from a NoVA agent - 2 hours away, who wants to show a rental of mine on Friday that is BEING VACATED ON FRIDAY. I responded that HER clients can view the property online and maybe she should consider referring her rental prospects to a local real estate agent who
1) knows the area * amenities and the features of the GATED COMMUNITY;
2) has access to our MLS system through our local MLS lockbox key; AND
3) who can get her prospects THROUGH THE MAIN GATE SECURITY.
I know that NoVA agents handle showing rental homes differently than we do in our area; however, our rental market is VERY brisk so inserting an out-of-area AGENT that has to get up to speed on the basics of the community is not worth my time.
BOTH properties are NOT ON OUR MLS * they are ONLY available on my website and shown through my efforts after some PREscreening of the rental prospects.
....so OUT of AREA AGENTS * refer your rental prospects to a local real estate agent or property manager OR risk wasting your time and GAS on a 4 hour drive for NO RESULTS.