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Why Working with a Local Real Estate Professional Makes All the Difference

If you’ve entered the real estate market, as a buyer or a seller, you’ve inevitably heard the real estate mantra, in reference to how identical homes can increase or decrease in value due to where they’re located. Well, a new survey shows that when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, the millennial generation’s mantra is, “local, local, local.”

CentSai, a financial wellness online community, recently over 2,000 millennials (ages 18-34) and found that 75% of respondents would use a local real estate agent over an online agent, and 71% would choose a local lender.

Survey respondents cited many reasons for their choice to go local, “including personal touch & handholding, longstanding relationships, local knowledge, and amount of hassle.”

Doria Lavagnino, Cofounder & President of CentSai had this to say:

“We were surprised to learn that online providers are not yet as big a disruptor in this sector as we first thought, despite purported cost savings. We found that millennials place a high value on the personal touch and knowledge of a local agent. Buying a home for the first time is daunting, and working with a local agent—particularly an agent referred by a parent or friend—could provide peace of mind.”

The findings of the CentSai survey are consistent with the which found that millennials prefer a more hands-on approach to their real estate experience:

“While older generations rely on real estate agents for information and expertise, Millennials expect real estate agents to become trusted advisers and strategic partners.”

When it comes to choosing an agent, millennials and other generations share their top priority: the sense that an agent is trustworthy and responsive to their needs.

That said, technology still plays a huge role in the real estate process. to the National Association of Realtors, 95% of home buyers look for prospective homes and neighborhoods online, and 91% also said they would use an online site or mobile app to research homes they might consider purchasing.

Bottom Line

Many wondered if this tech-savvy generation would prefer to work with an online agent or lender, but more and more studies show that when it comes to real estate, millennials want someone they can trust, someone who knows the neighborhood they want to move into, leading them through the entire experience.

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Blairsville is a small mountain community in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Almost two thirds of Union County, in which Blairsville is located, is inside the Chattahoochee National Forest. Therefore, Mother Nature reigns supreme in the area. Outdoor activities of all types are celebrated. Visitors can find themselves hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or even exploring three rushing waterfalls including the twin cascades at Helton Creek Falls. In addition, there are warm weather water sports on pristine Lake Winfield Scott and Lake Nottely, and the 20-acre lake and swimming beach at one of Georgia’s most beloved summer getaways, Vogel State Park. Many different picturesque settings are available for real estate, like mountain views, rolling pastures, creeks, rivers, and many combinations of them all. The pace of living invites you to just sit in the porch swing and listen to nature around you. Blairsville is also host to many unique and fun festivals all throughout the year. The Historic Town Square is frequently the venue for annual events such as the Downtown Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, the Memorial Day Parade, the Green Bean Festival, the Bluegrass Festival, the Sorghum Parade, Hometown Halloween on the Square, and the Christmas Parade. Everyone is invited to these family oriented celebrations! If you’ve ever wanted to experience mountain living at it’s best, Blairsville is for you, and Century 21 Scenic Realty is the Agency you need.

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