Second Time this Week * Out of Area Real Estate Agents want to SHOW MY RENTAL HOMES

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.
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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.

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Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

I have learned the hard way it does not pay to work too far from home.

June 14, 2012 10:18 AM
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
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Good advice. Some RE agents think they can be all things to all people and only end up spreading themselves too thin.

June 14, 2012 01:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
The Ruiz/Miller Team - Ocala's Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Wallace, I get that too.  I tell them we use Supra lockbox system, if you don't have one refer them to some who does!

June 15, 2012 11:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

Rental homes in our area are renting SO FAST, I just have to ACTIVE on my website and post on Craigslist...going through the hassle of putting an listing in MLS is not cost effective.

June 15, 2012 12:09 PM
Rainer
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Brian Schulte
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Allison James Estates & Homes

Knowing what local rental companies pay for a referral makes me wonder why they would even think about showing your rental. Maybe they are looking what the local rental companies charge and even maybe they are looking to buy a local home to rent down the road and a competent landlord!?

July 01, 2012 07:12 AM
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

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