Find a real estate agent whose office is close by The Journal of Housing Research, by the faculty of Longwood University in Virginia, shows that the distance between a home and the real estate agent's office is a factor in how long it takes for the property to sell. If the property is in the next town, for example, convenience can be a factor. Distance makes it more expensive in terms of the time and effort it takes to market the property. Beyond holding scheduled open houses, listing agents are often called upon to provide buyers and other agents with unscheduled access to their clients' properties. For far-away houses, it's a time-consuming hassle. One agent asks for a higher commission to cover his expenses and ensure his best efforts on a far-flung listing.