The Sarasota Neighborhood "Specialist"

The topic of the neighborhood specialist is always a cause for debate on real estate websites and blogs.

Old school thinking holds that a Realtor who is a neighborhood specialist is the best choice for home buyers and sellers when selecting an agent. I couldn't disagree more.

I act primarily as a buyer's agent and I cover a 3-county area on the Gulf Coast of Florida, including Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties.

Right now I am working with buyers from out of state who have vacationed on a certain barrier island and are ready to purchase a vacation condo.  The market is very active and the shrinking inventory of condos is rapidly pricing these buyers out of the market based on their budget.  After showing these buyers the available options, they are uncomfortable with the compromises they would have to make.

Would a typical "neighborhood specialist" have the experience or knowledge to compare different areas and suggest alternatives?  Not likely.  I have found the "neighborhood specialist" rarely ventures outside their own comfortable geographic area.  Because I have experience serving buyers and sellers in a wide area, I will be showing these buyers some better options in areas they had not considered.

Stay tuned for an update later this week.


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