Optimism, Pessimism or Canadianism

Optimism, Pessimism or Canadianism

Well, whatever one’s personal frame of mind, we can probably agree that the outlook of the majority does likely influence outcomes. To believe that the “world economy” happens and we just have to accept it as inevitably our lot, in my mind would negate the existence of the spirit of the citizenry of this, the planet’s most phenomenal nation. Grandiose or what? Yes, I acknowledge that it is totally Canadian to apologize for, or clarify what one has just proposed and also, that the hyperbole evident above is bordering on sacrilege ;). No, I don’t espouse blindly moving forward despite any external realities or implications but we can by our attitude, modify the impact of the elements we don’t like and soften an assumed inevitability. The alternative would be akin to giving up each time we don’t get our own way or throwing in every hand we are dealt that is not a Royal Flush.

By way of illustration I mention a prevalent Mayan calendar prompted pseudo-scientific “movement” which postulates possible problems (alliteration!) for “civilization as we know it” toward the latter part of this year (including likely demise!) This triumph of crackpot astrology over astronomy equates with the more lunatic fringes of the Y2K calamity and absorbs human energy which should more positively be devoted to the betterment of our communal existence. Whatever one’s calendar preference, Mayan, Gregorian, Julian or “social”, I do believe that our sense of perspective, humor and balance promotes a uniquely Canadian ability to avoid bigoted and selfish solutions and a strong inclination to bring about a better future for ourselves and our fellow citizens.

2011 Real Estate on the N/Shore emerged from the gate as a confident and vibrant interaction of buyers and sellers. This saw a modification around mid year as sales decreased with inventory building up in most sub sections; the main exception being West Van detached homes which experienced a notably strong year. Offshore demand (which the Vancouver Westside saw in spades) being the main contributor. 2012 – who knows at what pace the tides/cycles may change; but one thing is certain, they will change. I remain optimistic that our N/Shore will return to the stability we have come to value but we will not see anything like the rampant real estate market of the past while. Roll on 2012, the first stage in a stabilizing future.

Thanks to all those who requested “The When and Where Exercise” package of “checklists” for their “re-homing” plans. These four – i)The When and Where Exercise ii) New Home Checklist iii) Action Plan iv) Moving Checklist. If you missed these [Word format] call (604-626-2526) or e-mail ( alanskinner@shaw.ca This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to get a copy of any or all of these. The time may be right to call for a consultation – at my office, or I’ll pop over and visit you.

And now my chance to convey to you my wishes for the year which has just begun – may all find a new level of peace and the necessary prosperity we seek to enable us to continue the nurturing of our families and provide some help to fellow citizens in need. A toast to an increased confidence in the future and more smiles given by us and evident on the faces of those whose lot we are attempting to improve. Whatever the secret we must strive to attain it.

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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This year I pledge to continue my personalized service and further reduce my business ecological “footprint”. A new initiative is the radio (podcast) library which I am creating.

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January 2012 Numbers

January 2012 Numbers

At last, the North Shore 2011 full picture. North Van detached homes sold are up by 26 % from the last year, attached (t/hses) sold – up 11% and apartments up 3% from 2010. Detached – average price is 8% higher than 2010 and inventory Dec 31st, 2011 unchanged from 2010. Average prices up 6% (t/hses) and down 1% (apts). Inventory (t/hse) 19% lower than Dec 31st, 2010 and (apt) up 3% from 2010. N/Van overall inventory at Dec 31st, 2011 is now 1% lower than 2010 and again N/Van, 15% higher in total number of sales ’10 to ’11 (2153 vs. 2472).

In West Van, detached number of sales for 2011 is up by 62% from last year. Average price up by 15% and inventory Dec 31st, 2011 up 8% from last year. On the condo side – sales of attached (t/hses) are lower at 60 vs. 79 units; average price down 6%. Active listings up from Dec 31st, 2010 (28 vs. 25). Apartments sold are up 22% over 2010; with average price 17% higher than ‘10 and active listings down 20% from Dec 31st, 2010. Overall marginally higher inventory with slightly softer demand evident.

And now my chance to convey to you my wishes for the year which has just begun – may all find a new level of peace and the necessary prosperity we seek to enable us to continue the nurturing of our families and provide some help to fellow citizens in need. A toast to an increased confidence in the future and more smiles given by us and evident on the faces of those whose lot we are attempting to improve. Whatever the secret we must strive to attain it.

Again, visit my website to see and “hear” the new developments. I continue my commitment to keep you… www.OnTopOfTheMarket.ca – the “go to” site for North Shore Real Estate analysis and jumping-off point for FULL market listing information.

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