Limiting Where A Realtor Can Practice Real Estate

Greg Nino's picture
Real Estate in El Paso TX

Texas is roughly 268,820 square miles. If I were to get in my car right now and drive to El Paso it would take me just over 10 hours. The 743 mile drive would be exhausting. To be fair, I know absolutely nothing about real estate in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or El Paso. I have also never sold anything in Paris or Moscow, Texas.

I've driven through Cut and Shoot, but don't know much about that place either. According to area rumors, Cut and Shoot got it's name over a dispute with the design of the towns only church steeple.

Whatever the circumstances were, a small boy at the scene reportedly declared "I'm going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!" This statement apparently stayed in the residents' minds and was eventually adopted as the town's name.

But I am licensed throughout the entire state of Texas.

In reality, I can't feasibly "list a home" in Dallas or in Kingsville, Texas unless I am a member to the area Realtor Association. That in itself is easy. I'd simply have to be willing to pay for it. But shouldn't I be required to be knowledgeable about an area I'm selling in? Does it make sense that I am licensed to sell all over the place? Texas, like most states, hands out state licenses to a lot of different professions. Realtors aren't given any special treatment.

Would you be in favor of Realtors only being licensed by geographical area?

This would prevent the stubborn and greedy agent from a far away city trying to show properties in Houston. There's been numerous times where an out of city agent wanted to show my listing, but had no access to the Supra lock box. In addition, the same agent had no access to comparable sales or other data that would be extremely relevant if the buyer wanted to buy the home.

Some agents just refuse to refer out business! This is precisely why non-mls agents are sometimes (often) paid less than the usual commission, per a listing agreement they have no access to.

When in doubt, refer it out! When you refer business you actually create MORE business! That agent will mostly likely reciprocate. Don't be foolish and drive 400 miles to make sale. Create future business by working smart.

Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
Real Estate Agent / Houston, TX
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - RE/MAX International Inc.
Mobile (832) 298-8555

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