Know risks before hiring out-of-area agent

Why buyer may be at disadvantage during offer process

Multiple listing services are coalescing into large entities that make it easier for real estate agents from other counties to represent buyers and sellers in areas where they don’t normally work. They have access to new listings as they come on the market and they can search for comparable sales, even though they haven’t seen the properties.

The draw of working with agents you trust and whom you’ve worked with before is strong. However, real estate agents owe a fiduciary duty to their clients and shouldn’t work outside their comfort zone.