Karen Climer, Teaching people to pass the real estate exam (Demetree School of Real Estate)

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Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I like doing business with people I know and that usually means local.

Jan 19, 2022 05:39 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I prefer local vendors when possible. Guess I am old fashioned but like the personal touch

Jan 20, 2022 03:00 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Hometown & Local Always!

Locals refer me business back, national companies do not. Use your networking sense. Unless you're into one way relationships?

Jan 19, 2022 07:50 PM
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Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I prefer to use local vendors but only if they up to my quality of service. After all, when I lay my head down to sleep, it's important to know that I did my best, for both sellers and buyers, bar none.

Jan 19, 2022 06:37 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I like the response of John Meussner.

I want to deliver the best experience to my client. I would like to use a local business but only if the alternative provider is not clearly better. It is my client for whom I am working, not just a local business whom I would like to support.

Jan 19, 2022 05:22 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I do try to support local as much as is feasible. 

Jan 20, 2022 04:54 AM
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John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I focus 100% on quality and service.  If a local business is great, nothing wrong with using them even if the cost is a little higher.  If a local business is terrible, I don't use them.

 

Jan 19, 2022 05:09 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I have a big network of local partners we've been working with for years.  I send business their way and vice versa. 

Jan 20, 2022 09:59 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Always local. I do not feel I need to give up anything to hire the local providers I hire. 

Jan 20, 2022 08:35 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I try to use local. If someone really great can do the work better than my local contacts, then I would consider them.

Jan 20, 2022 07:48 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Karen Climer I prefer work with local vendors. There are good national internet companies too.

Jan 19, 2022 08:19 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Depends on the service.  Some are local, some regional, some national, some in-house.  It's about who can get me what I want, at a good price I'm willing to pay and have it delivered on time and provides the most value.

Jan 20, 2022 09:38 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I would have always said local but now it sometimes doesn't work out that way. Printers in general - out of state might do better work & not charge for shipping which is the biggest $$$ of the whole project. 

Jan 20, 2022 06:05 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I always go with the best product at a great price from an ethical company.  I love to support local with all things equal though.

Jan 19, 2022 06:37 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I can go to Best Buy and purchase stuff made in China for $100 or go to AliExpress and buy the same thing for $40 if I willing to wait 2 wweks. Yep, that all the time it takes.
Same applies to HomeDepot, Wallymart and the other boxes.
Now when the content is not originated in China, the locallity is expremely important. What each of us did during lock down for local business is paying  back big-time now.
I am engaged in a market study right now regarding how much the public is willing to spend EXTRA for very obvious, environmentally beneficial, things?  It will be an exercise to confirm if 'GREEN' or "LOCALITY" or local sourced are of such value, the public will pay EXTRA.
With escalating costs for EVERYTHING, this will be a real litmus test.

Jan 20, 2022 05:50 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I definitely favor local when it's a viable option.

Jan 20, 2022 05:08 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Hi, Karen.

     Some years ago I ate in the same restaurant three or four times per week.  The manager bought a house; I was his broker.  His cousin bought a house, I was again the broker.  They did a 20-year lease for a new restaurant site; he called me in again. 

 

   But during that same "era", I ate at another restaurant several times per week.  That owner was friendly, cordial, made sure the meals were good... but he bought his house from "The agent on the sign in the yard."  I didn't hesitate to express my disappointment.  

 

   Reciprocity is what I am driving at.  Is the local printer going to give me business, or refer me business... or will I get the same results going to Zazzle or VistaPrint?  What about the web design company that I used for my Homeowners' Association?  They didn't ask for my help when it came to real estate.  

 

     Local merchants and vendors who say "Shop Local" need to do the same.

     

Jan 20, 2022 05:03 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Local naturally and an exception would be a franchise or locals are not available etc. I problem solve and will get it done regardless

Jan 20, 2022 12:44 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on how the product is delivered and how it is priced.

Internet and other utilities are national companies with local offices.

Printing and signs are ordered from national companies that offer much better pricing and speed than we can get locally.

Jan 20, 2022 12:10 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's all about the quality and the customer service for me. If the local vender is better in both regards, I MUCH prefer to use them.

 

However, in some cases, the local and the internet vendors are similar (in quality & service) and the internet provider's cost is considerably less. In those instances, I will go with the internet provider.

Jan 21, 2022 05:14 AM