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I will be writing about different real-estate topics here and I am hoping that they will be informative and will help anyone looking at buying or selling their home or just simply entertain the naturally curious. 

I will do my best to be accurate and I ask anyone reading here to let me know if they see anything that appears to be incorrect. I am human after all and I may make a mistake now and then.  I am not a lawyer, mortgage broker, notary, contractor, plumber, electrician, or an accountant. Anything I may refer to in my Blog relating to any of these things will be my opinion and should not be relied upon for making decisions but rather should be used as a starting point to ask questions from certified or licensed professionals. For example if I mention a mortgage for 5% please don’t infer that mortgage rates are 5%, you should not use this when calculating your monthly payments on a new home purchase. Mortgage rates change all the time and the person to speak to about his would be a mortgage broker or your bank. Further to this when I am writing about rules and laws regarding the purchase or sale of real-estate here in BC I will endeavor to quote the actual rule, act or law. I may then write something about it after and this. It will be my opinion of it, not a legal opinion and any legal questions need to be directed to a lawyer. Often with rules there can be more than one act or law that pertains to different situations and finding every single one of them can be difficult if not nearly impossible, that is the job of a lawyer and my references may not be complete. New laws, rules etc.  are added all the time, as are legal decisions that are tested in court as to the interpretation of those new and existing laws and rules. I will also try to get answers from people that work for various agencies and I will put their answers here however it has been my experience that people working in these places are not always correct so again these answers or any advice given are a starting point please verify any of these references etc. with the proper agency or professional. Please do not rely on anything in my Blog without first consulting with the proper professional.

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In our ever-evolving landscape of BC real estate, in the last 3 decades we have witnessed a hurricane of progress in the very approach to buying homes. We used to go through the Newspapers and drive around where each wrong turn was a chance to discover something new, now we look on our smart phones when we should be working. Home-buying in BC has been revolutionized by technological advancements and changing human behaviors and expectations.

The Era of Information (1994-2004):

Rewind to the early 1990s, people would drive around looking for signs in a neighborhood they were interested in or look through the newspaper. Eventually they would contact an Agent and start visiting properties, the agent would find a few more and when the right one came up they would buy; basically a car, a local real estate agent, print advertisements and signs. There was bad coffee at Open Houses, grainy pictures in the paper and the smell of cigarettes in the Agents car.

As the internet started too develop in the late 90s, it began to change how people searched for homes. Websites with property listings emerged, offering buyers the chance to view homes from the comfort of their own home. However, these websites were often rudimentary, with limited photos and information, not great… Yet.

The Quantum Leap (2005-2015): not the show that was 1989 -1993

2005 to 2015 redefined the digital landscape in the real estate market. Smartphones and with the proliferation of high-speed internet, real estate websites became more sophisticated. High-resolution pics, detailed property descriptions, and virtual tours started becoming the norm. Power shifted from agents to buyers, who now had unprecedented access to the market. (Incidentally this was how my wife found our home years ago not our Agent)

Buyers' expectations began to change; they wanted all the information and they wanted it now. We had online mortgage calculators popping up everywhere and digital mortgage applications made an appearance.

Today's Swipe Right Era (2016-Present):

Things have really changed, virtual reality (VR) tours allow buyers to ‘walk through’ properties without leaving their homes. Big data and AI are being used to predict (or is it push) market trends and suggest properties to prospective buyers based on their preferences and past behavior.

 Agents and sellers are using social media platforms for targeted advertising and engaging with potential buyers through live videos and interactive posts. With Virtual tours and E-signatures you can buy a home without leaving the one you’re in.

Keep in mind how most people find a property to buy or why is all this stuff important


The reason all this is important is because in order to sell your home you need to understand how people look for a home to buy. Some people still drive around neighborhoods and look for signs and open houses but the overwhelming majority look online. Typically they do a search including parameters like how many bedrooms, bathrooms, square feet, etc. The most important one to remember if you are selling your home though is the price. The search can be done by individuals or as is often the case their Agent sets it up. When a search is made it almost always includes a maximum price usually in 25 thousand dollar increments. People may look a little higher hoping to negotiate a bit but if your price is too high many prospective buyers will not see your home listed.  If you are just above a 25K price point (i.e. 526K) buyers looking up to 525K will not see your listing. I believe pricing it right from the start is extremely important leaving a little wiggle room can be ok if you can still keep it under the 25K thresholds. Keep in mind this doesn’t apply every time but it holds true often. I see nothing wrong with picking your price and holding firm when an offer comes in. This exposes your home to as many possible buyers and should translate into more action and hopefully a faster sale. Looking through the sold listings I see many that have sold for the list price. Remember it is your agent’s job to explain why your home is worth the asking price, make sure they are doing it.

In the end though it’s your home so minimum price on the listing or with a little room to move, it’s your choice how and for how much you sell it for.



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