Although the answer may seem simple, there are many reasons why you should list with a LOCAL Realtor. Real Estate is a local business that varies greatly from town to town and county to county. Each market is unique and requires someone that is knowledgeable with the local schools, townships, the various tax differences, as well as types of home loans that may be available only in a certain area. All of these are important factors to potential buyers.
By hiring a LOCAL Realtor, you are hiring an expert in your area. They will be able to provide a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) of the approximate value of your home by using previous sold homes in the same area, as a reference. Although most agents may be able to provide you with the information on paper, a LOCAL Realtor has most likely been in these homes and are familiar with the different neighborhoods' statistics first hand.
Many LOCAL Realtors are usually involved in the communities at a local level and have many sources of information to rely on for community happenings, as well as a larger local social circle to promote your home in addition to listing it in the MLS and the standard marketing strategies typically used to sell a home.
As a Realtor that has lived in the community for over 10 years, been in the business of selling real estate for 6 years, with kids that attend the local schools, past PTA president, and as of recently, a member of the North Newton Chamber of Commerce, you can be sure you are hiring someone that believes in the local community and will work hard to sell your home.
When you are in the market to sell your home, please remember me, your LOCAL Century 21 Affiliated Realtor. Looking forward to working with you!