SoCal- All agents are able to get referral fees for clients moving out of their jurisdiction. It's a service provided and always optional. That does not mean we don't work for it which was the intention of the thread. If I am going to refer a client of mine out of state, then I want to know who the person is. I always interview the other agent to make sure they would be a good fit. You ask your doctor for a referral to specialists when you you need one. It's the same concept.
Obviously Zillow is a wide platform with many agents. I am also looking to expand my book of business and would like to find other Realtors out there to add to my Referral network so we can support each other. Current states I am looking to meet are New York, Florida, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. I have had referral opportunities in the past in these areas and am currently looking to forge reciprocal relationships. Key factors that I am looking for are experience in working with investors, distressed properties, and perhaps even bilingual. Traditional buy and sell agents are great as well, just thought I would be more specific. Looking for a well rounded professional that will take great care of my referrals. Let me know if anyone has a need in the Northern Virginia area (this is where I work exclusively so that I can serve my clients better).
You don't win the lottery if you don't play it! It doesn't hurt to put in an offer. Depending on your market, it might make sense to go in lower than you are willing to pay and have the seller negotiate it up to your max. If the home is vacant you have more leverage. I would contact a local Realtor to have them run comparables for the home and check out the property history. There is a chance the home is over priced for the neighborhood. Would be happy to refer you to a Realtor if you do not have one.
No this is not normal and it is a violation of the Realtor Code of Ethics. Realtor's should be providing you value by being an extra set of eyes and ears for you while walking through the homes, especially if it is a foreclosure. There are things Realtor's can identify (i.e. Polybutelene pipes) that a typical buyer might not be aware of. Repairs could cost you thousands of dollars and should be accounted for. If this is a home you wanted to write an offer on, how will your Realtor be able to negotiate the best terms for you if they don't know the product? Your first instincts are correct, unfortunately some agents are lazy and don't want to work for the money. I would be happy to refer you to a top notch agent in your area.
Hi Eric,There is a lot of new development in both areas. With the extension of the Silver Line metro there could be good opportunities in both locales. Please clarify your question and I would be happy to provide you with more details about these locations!
Have your Realtor update the status in the Multiple Listing Service. It should populate to the other syndicated sites automatically once that has been updated.