December 2010 Numbers

December 2010 Numbers

Now November 2010 YTD figures for our North Shore. North Van detached homes sold are off by 14% from the same period of the previous year, attached (t/hses) down 21% from ’09 and apartments down 12% from ’09

Detached average prices up 6% and inventory Nov 30th, up by 24%. Average prices up 6% (t/hses) and up 8% (apts). Inventory (t/hse) 45% higher than ‘ 09 and (apt) up 25% from ’09. N/Van inventory at Nov 30th is still significantly higher than 2009. 

In West Van, detached number of sales (YTD) is up by 1% from ’09.  Average price up by 17% and inventory Nov 30th up by 3% from ’09. On the condo side   attached (t/hses) sold are up from 2009 to 77 vs. 48 units; average price up 28%. Active listings down from Nov 30th (35 vs. 41).  Apartments reflect 158 sold vs. 155 during ‘09; with average price 14% higher than ’09 and active listings up 16% from Nov 30th 09. 

Next month’s update   the recap of 2010 and whither 2011?

The early snow which has blanketed our homes has been a reminder of the Season we are approaching. May it be a warm one with our families and friends close by or affectionately in mind – often the easy part – but don’t forget the providing of warmth and cheer to strangers. Adeste Fidelis and  happy, happy  are essential but Good King Wenceslas is the more important  message!  Thanks to my family, friends, colleagues, clients and acquaintances for your support, feedback and for reading my monthly missives! To all, stay safe and keep warm.

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Selecting Your Real Estate Agent

Selecting Your Real Estate Agent

Selecting Your Real Estate Agent. The Agent brings the market to you. The market decides the price.

The right Agent is the one who knows the market and can get you the best price possible – not the one who promises you the highest price just to get you to list with them!
Many of the same questions, hesitations and strategies connected with seeking out professional assistance in any field – whether you’re looking for a doctor, dentist, lawyer or accountant – come into play when you’re selecting a real estate agent.

Some people find an agent through a family member or friend. This is often a reliable approach. However, you might not always find the most compatible assistance this way. In a transaction as important and intensive as buying and selling a home, that can be critical.

A referral from a family member or friend doesn’t guarantee a perfect match. Just think of something as simple as a movie or restaurant recommendation. Your close friends rave about a new Chinese food place downtown – so you check it out. Could this possibly be the same restaurant they were describing? Mediocre service. No chopsticks. Bland flavors. It’s the same restaurant. Same cook. Same waiters. Just different perceptions.

Regardless of how you get an agent’s name, it might be worth interviewing at least a couple before you make a final decision – or at least arming yourself with some criteria to go over with any agent who has been recommended to you.

A few things to look for:

If you’re looking for an agent to list your home, be wary of anyone who suggests they can get an unreasonably high sales price. An agent might use a high listing price to secure a contract, only to seek a lower price later, after little traffic is generated at the initial price level.

Meanwhile, you’ve lost what can be the most critical time period in selling a home – the first weeks immediately after it’s listed.

Check on experience and productivity. As with most professions, experience pays in real estate.Experienced agents know the market and the marketing process. They’ll have the best chance of quickly and smoothly helping you to buy or sell your home.

The number of transactions an agent is handling monthly or yearly is going to give you an indication of how committed the agent is to the profession. Is the agent a part-timer who’s just dabbling in real estate sales – or is the agent a full-time professional whose livelihood depends entirely on an ability to successfully and repeatedly close real estate transactions?

Does the agent know the market ?

Is the agent part of a national network? This can be especially important if you’re selling in one city in preparation of moving to another. Your selling agent can refer you to a professional,compatible agent in your destination city – and keep in close contact with that agent so both your selling and buying efforts are closely coordinated. It is no secret that Re/Max sells more North Shore property than any other realty company; many of those buyers coming directly from Re/Max agents in other geographic locations.

And a final point: Does the agent seem primarily interested in sharing expertise and market knowledge in an honest and straightforward manner? Or does the agent seem more interested in telling you what you want to hear ? Or worse still are they getting you to sign up with them just to pass you off to an assistant who will deal with the “trivia” of actually selling your home ? The worst time to secure the services of a “yes-man” or an agent who seems to have too many irons in the fire is when you’re entering a transaction involving something as important as your home. You need straightforward, reliable information – even if it’s not necessarily flattering – regarding the home you’re selling – or very encouraging regarding a home you think you might want to buy.

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