Advocate Agents

Recently I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of ‘The Advocate Agent’ at the Banff Western Connection Conference. Aware of the irony of giving a talk about talking about others, I partnered with Jeremy Pue of White Cloud Productions to share these three stories of other Realtors advocacy work. Thank you for your contributions, Ty Corsie, Tamara Baltic, Ashley Chalmers, and Dave Masson – you are all an inspiration. I’m proud to work in this industry alongside you and many others doing great things!

Goal Setting Blog

We’re well on our way into 2019 now and we hope you’re hitting your goals so far! David was asked to teach a goal setting seminar at the brokerage recently, and it was followed up with a blog post below:

‘I have teared up at more possessions than my clients have. I’m invested in this whole real estate thing! I genuinely love the opportunity to serve people in meeting their real estate needs. Now, someone pass me a Kleenex.’ 

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Realtor Monopoly

Realtor Monopoly was back with a vengeance this year! More than doubling in size, and quadrupling our fundraising efforts, the evening was a massive success! Our friends at New Hope received over $10,000, raised from ticket sales, selling monopoly money, bonus cards, and a couple of auction items. Thanks to all those that came out, and our sponsors, White Cloud Productions, Alex McFadyen & The Mortgage Pug, Trading Post Brewing, Boston Pizza, and Excelsior Measuring.

Local media were on site too, which is always a great way to spread the word of the cause, and combat the usual ‘Realtors are evil abusers of the public’ narrative we hear too often!

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Real Estate Video Influencer Award

It’s always an honour to receive awards, and this one is no exception. I heard last week that I was a winner of a ‘real estate video influencer award’, from over 1,300 candidates from across North America.

I was only one of two Canadians in the top ten in the ‘Home Tour + Listing Video’ category, and the fact that it was this category we were awarded in meant a lot to me because it’s the category that most directly benefits our clients.

Thank you to those of you that have trusted me with the marketing of your homes, you personally know the power of these videos; and a special thanks to Jeremy Pue of White Cloud Productions for producing our video content – I couldn’t have done it without you.

If you’d like to see the full award guide, it’s attached below:

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What Am I Paying My Real Estate Lawyer For?

There are lots of professionals involved in a real estate transaction, from the Realtor, to the mortgage broker, to the home inspector, and of course… a lawyer or notary public.

I was recently in a conversation with Jamie Nay of Becker & Company Lawyers about the role of the Real Estate Lawyer and he was inspired to write the below:

“Your realtor and your mortgage broker carry your home purchase (or sale) the first 200 yards. Your lawyer brings it home for the last 20 yards.”
That’s paraphrasing a friend of mine, realtor David Smith, describing the role of a real estate (or “conveyancing”) lawyer. And, you know what? It’s true. By the time the file gets to us, your lawyer, most of the journey is complete. Contracts have been signed, funding has been secured, subjects have been removed. You’re just about there – mere days away from either getting the keys to your new home, or taking your cheque to the bank.

So why do you need to hire a lawyer?…

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Second Annual ‘Realtor Monopoly’

We’re so excited to host the second annual ‘Realtor Monopoly’ event at Trading Post Brewing in Langley, in aid of our friends at New Hope Community Services. The top real estate professionals in Metro Vancouver are going to duke it out to see who’s the best, all whilst raising funds for a great cause and having lots of fun too. Multiple games, live music, food and drink, door prizes, make sure to buy your tickets today!