Using a Realtor that lives and works out of the Big Bear area, is like hiring a tourist as a site seeing guide. They can’t tell you about the history of the homes that you are interested in since they have never seen them before. Chances are, they may not even be able to find them to show them to you. They may not know the difference between a raised perimeter foundation and a slab.
They might tell you that all areas of Big Bear are the same. How can they tell you about the recent homes that have sold, when they haven’t seen any of them? They may not understand values of a view property, or lake front homes. Usually they don’t know how to winterize a home in the mountains, or what a stop and waste valve is. They won’t know who the utility companies are, or what insurance companies can insure your mountain home. They won’t be able to refer you to reputable contractors for improvements or repairs.
Do you really want this type of representation during the purchase of your Big Bear home?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to hire a local Realtor that has sold hundreds of homes in the Big Bear area? A Big Bear Realtor that studies the available inventory daily and visits the new listings weekly? A Real Estate agent that understands the values of the different areas of Big Bear.
Recently I have had agents from out of the area call me and want me to show their clients my listings. They don’t want to spend the time driving up to Big Bear, but they want to represent you. If you want proper representation shouldn’t your agent be with you to look at the home and give you the benefit of their experience (or lack of..) ?
Buying a Big Bear home without a Realtor can cost you thousands of dollars, but using an agent that can’t represent you correctly can be just as costly.