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You Had Me At ‘Back Up’

With the majority of markets across the Fraser Valley returning to fairly normal balanced markets or low sellers markets we’ve seen the return of back-up offers being submitted, and successfully leveraged!

Prior to the last few months there wasn’t too much point in submitting a back-up, if a buyer had gone to all the effort of winning in multiple offers they were very, very likely to remove their subjects – if there even were any subjects.
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Lindsay’s Corner – Fort Langley Food & Beer Festival 2019

Hello friends! I know it’s hard to believe (especially given the buckets of rain coming down pretty darn frequently these days) but May long weekend really is just around the corner, and that means, so is the Fort Langley beer and food festival! The David Smith Homes Group is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event for the second year in a row. We are going to be on site for the entire event and we hope you’ll come on over to our tent and say hello. Did you know that in addition to being the real mastermind behind the David Smith Homes Group (right Dave?), I’m also pretty handy with a camera? It’s true! I’ve run a photography business since 2011. We thought it would be awesome to have a little photo booth set up at our tent so that you can swing by and have me document all the fun you’re having. It’s going to be a fantastic afternoon requiring lots of sustenance in both liquid and solid form so make sure you stop by to see our friends at Blacksmith Bakery (also on site) to fill your bellies with some delicious food. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

See you there!

A New Role

Recently I was nominated and elected as a Director of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. We serve our near 4,000 members by meeting regularly, serving on committees, and trying to further our industry in a variety of ways. I ran on 3 platforms:

Positive Stories – There are so many great Realtors out there doing wonderful things to serve our communities. I’ve been telling those stories personally, but it’s time to tell them more broadly, with the power of ‘Organized Real Estate’ behind me. We need to combat the political and media assault by sharing what we really do, a few bad apples have been allowed to destroy our reputation and that can’t stand.

Technology/Advertising – Both areas were a shock to me when I entered real estate. The technology seemed disjointed at best, and the advertising regulations are embarrassingly out of date with the realities of contemporary culture.

Mental Health – In speaking with other professional organizations, it’s clear that we need to take some steps to bring this conversation out of the closet and to the fore. As Realtors, we handle extremely stressful situations in a 24/7 business environment. So many have come to me to share their challenges and we need to work out a way as an industry to care for our own.

Ultimately, I see this as another opportunity to learn and to grow as a professional. It should serve my past, present, and future clients. As always, if you’ve got any questions, either as a fellow Realtor or as a member of the public, don’t hesitate to reach out!

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

One of the things that sets us apart at David Smith Homes Group is how seriously we take emotions in the home buying and selling process. One of the first questions we ask is, ‘how are you feeling about the process?’ We get responses all over the emotional spectrum from excited to terrified. This focus on the emotions is more than a gimmick, it really does have an impact on how we serve our clients. So, practically, how do those emotions influence the way we work together? Let’s take a look at some examples:

If you’re confused, then we take extra time to educate. We make sure you know exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. You’re made to feel you can ask any question, at any time, just as it should be.

If you’re excited, we’ll try to keep that excitement level up, without putting you in a compromising situation where it gets the better of you and you buy a home we know you’ll regret.

If you’re heartbroken, maybe selling a home you have incredible memories in, we’ll be sensitive to that, sometimes we’ve even ordered pictures of a home to be painted and printed nicely as a memento. Maybe instead of reading a cover letter about the next family to live there, you’d prefer not to know.

If you’re happy, then we’ll do everything we can to keep it that way! Ultimately that’s what we want.

If you’re overwhelmed, we’ll only ever go at your pace, as long as it doesn’t threaten to get in the way of your goals. We’ll remind you constantly that you’re the one in control.

If you fall in love, we’ll remind you that we might be being recorded during a showing, so let’s not shout from the rooftops how much we love the kitchen!

And if you couldn’t care less, i.e. not feeling anything, then we’ll try to wake you up because unless you’ve got hundreds of thousands of dollars to play with without any worries, then there’s an appropriate degree of emotion that should be at play!

Emotions really do play into a home buying and/or home selling process. If you’d like to talk to us about your real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’ll take care of the practical and emotional considerations throughout the journey.