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Lindsay’s Corner (Client Q&A)

1. What mattered most to you in choosing to work with David & Lindsay?

Honesty, integrity and genuine caring personalities.

2. Can you share a little about the results achieved working together?

Multiple offers and sold for list price!

3. How did your experience differ from past real estate transactions?

Haven’t had many experiences buying or selling but Lindsay and Davids marketing strategies were amazing!

4. How do you think David & Lindsay’s marketing techniques helped?

Lindsay and David gave excellent insight to our home and property via drone video and printed materials that were marketed on all social media outlets. They are extremely organized and their marketing skills are incredible and very impressive. We were simply blown away by the results!

5. How was ‘people over property, always’ reflected in the process of selling your home?

There was never any pressure put upon us at any time during this process. Lindsay and David were always concerned about our input and feelings with respect to our decisions. We had multiple offers so it was nice to have Lindsay and David guide us and help us along the way. They are truly honest, hardworking and extremely passionate about their roles. We highly recommend Lindsay and David for any real estate endeavours! Thank you Lindsay and David! You two are simply the best!

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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Lindsay’s Corner

As we slip into the season of cozy sweaters and holiday celebrations the spring market seems a long way off BUT there are some things you might want to consider taking care of now.

Often we spend a lot of time thinking about all of the details inside our homes that need attention but the truth is curb appeal (or the lack thereof) is what potential buyers are going to notice first.

We asked our friends at Cedar Rim Nursery to give us their best tips for late fall lawn care that will help ensure your outdoor space is look its best when we all start to come out of hibernation.

Aerate or de-thatch: If not done in the spring you can de-thatch your lawn or, in bad cases of soil compaction, ideally done in September, aerating your lawn later is still ok as long as the soil is not frozen.

Apply moss killer: If you have existing moss, apply liquid moss killer now while the weather is still warm. This will help prevent moss build-up over the winter.

Correct PH by liming: Due to our naturally acidic soil, caused by our wet climate, it is good to correct the pH by sweetening the soil with lime in both Fall & Spring.

Shorten Length of Grass: Begin to shorten the length of grass. In the summer it is best to have a lawn length of 3”-4”, while in the winter the length should be 2”–2 1/2”. This allows the lawn to stay drier through the winter months.

Late October/November: Fertilize with a winterizer lawn food such as 6-8-6 and continue to shorten the length of grass when you cut.

Rake Leaves: Leaves left on the grass over winter will smother the lawn and cause brown patches. Remove them as quickly as possible.

Over seeding: Once we have reached mid-November it is a little late for over seeding as the temperatures are just too low for seed to germinate. Do this in the spring as soon as temperatures rise consistently above 10°C (50 Fahrenheit).

Remember: The more you do to your lawn in the fall the less you have to do in the spring.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Cedar Rim Nursery we highly recommend you do; they are super knowledgeable, friendly, and have great big hearts. As David mentioned our Realtor Monopoly event was a HUGE success and Cedar Rim helped make it so by donating a generous door prize.

– Lindsay

Advocate Agent Anniversary

It’s been one year since I had the incredible opportunity to speak at Inman Connect in San Francisco and I’m blown away by the response the talk continues to receive. With 4,500 in attendance on the day and over 10,000 views since, I continue to receive feedback that other real estate professionals are looking to utilize their businesses to advocate for others. If you’ve never seen the talk before, you can watch the video.

In all honestly, it’s been very difficult to continue to keep up the advocacy work as the business has grown, and it’s concerned me at times. New Hope Community Services continue to weight on my heart, and early in November we will be hosting the second annual ‘Realtor Monopoly’ fundraiser for them. Last year’s event can be seen here – https://davidsmithhomes.ca/2018/01/12/realtor-monopoly-huge-success/ I’m also in talks about another fundraiser for them early in the New Year. There are other plans in the works too to ensure advocacy remains at the heart of all that we do.

Thanks For Coming!

We had three events last month, our client appreciation photography event; another first-time buyer seminar; and yoga, cider, and the emotions of moving – thanks to each of you that came out. One of my highlights was hearing from a lady at the emotions of moving event that she would have ‘paid $100 to come to this!’ That made my day.

To see some highlights from that evening, please make sure to check out the video: