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Lindsay’s Corner

We take Mother’s Day very seriously around here and as such we ran three days of Facebook giveaways in anticipation of the big day.  Congratulations to Mase Ubico who won the Blacksmith Bakery gift card, Curtis Braun who won the Reward Fitness Studio gift card, and Christy Yost who won the gorgeous hanging basket from Cedar Rim.  This mama hopes that all of YOU mamas were spoiled with breakfast in bed (even if it was inedible) and the opportunity to put your feet up and drink your coffee WHILE IT WAS STILL HOT!  

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!

Lindsay’s Corner

In our last newsletter I talked about the importance of curb appeal when readying your home for sale. Making sure your garden and entry way are looking fabulous is key to giving potential buyers that “this feels like home” vibe before they even step foot in the door.

Despite Mother Nature giving us a run for our money this winter I do believe we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and we might even be able to get out into our yards sooner rather than later. I’m a huge fan of planting perennial bulbs so I don’t have to constantly re-imagine my garden every year and it will just keep getting better with time.

Unfortunately, I often miss the boat in the fall when I should be planting spring bulbs; I don’t know why but for some reason one minute it’s Labour Day and the next it’s Christmas and I’m looking at my yard that I never did get around to cleaning up properly wishing I had gotten some tulips and daffodils in the ground. Sigh. Friends, if you struggle with time management like yours truly there’s still hope! There are some fantastic summer flowering bulbs that can planted now (or whenever the ground decides to thaw). In fact, some of my very favourite summer flowers can be planted in the coming weeks like dahlias and lilies.

Don’t have a yard? No problem, these bulbs are awesome in containers too which means you can make custom planters to transform your entry way and patio/deck space. Our friends at Cedar Rim Nursery are having a sale on their summer flowering bulbs. Click HERE for their online flier. They know everything about everything so if you’re a beginner (like me) you can wander in and ask them all kinds of questions and they will listen VERY patiently and they will even answer…ha! Happy gardening.

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.