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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Harmony. Blessing.

I have been very fortunate, especially the last few days.   I am very grateful.   Where to begin?

A good friend and her family are to make a move.  As such, they are to sell their lovely home near Sunset Beach in Richmond Hill

Having gone through the usual pre-listing preparation, i.e. market evaluation, pricing, staging (if necessary) and other formalities, we worked on the listing communication: a) prepared and published MLS listing; b) provided slideshow MLS and my company site; c) cut a video on YouTube for social media;  and then d) to blog.

Before we had a chance to write a post on this listing, we received offers.  My friend family seized the opportunity and accepted a very favorable offer.

Wow, does it matter what I do?  I wonder.  I know I cannot tell for sure.

But one thing I know.  When the market, the location, the home, the price and the wills of the participants align in harmony, things just happen, like magic, like they are meant to be.

Happy that my friends have gotten what they wished for from the transaction.  Happy that I could be of help.

Feel blessed.  Very much so.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Living with Colours & Vibrance at 500 Strathmore Blvd

* SOLD *
The first visit to 500 Strathmore Blvd., Danforth Village in East York left me with a lasting impression.
After passing arrays of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, TTC stations, pubs and more shops along both sides of Danforth Ave, a turn into Woodbine Ave. then an immediate turn brings me to Strathmore Ave.  It is remarkably different from the vibrant and busy street just passed.  It is a relaxed residential street with many charms.  Next to  the row of large trees on each side of the road, there stand these adorable brick houses, each with its character and colours.  Then, greeted by many friendly faces:  some are taking their leisure walks;  some are pushing strollers; children are playing on the sidewalk; and some are sitting on their porch and waving to others.  Just a lovely neighbourhood.

And 500 Strathmore Blvd. is only minutes away from Woodbine Beach.  The Greek Town (and thus, Taste of Danforth festival) is nearby.  What a location!

Then the seller has done a fabulous job in completely renovating and renewing this property.  The outcome?   A stylish and contemporary 3-bedroom semi-detached in a well established and located area with all the classic charms.  Watch and be persuaded.

Impressed?  Intrigued?  Interested?  Why not book a showing to see and feel it.

Living with Colours and Vibrance in Danforth Village

500 Strathmore Blvd
East York, Toronto

Saturday, September 11, 2010

BIG or small. Does it Matter?

...continue from blog post BIG vs small ...
Last year, Mr. D and his family walked into one of my Markham open houses. Mr. D lived in the same neighbourhood.  He told me that he had planned a number of home improvements to prepare his property for selling in 2010 summer.  At the time, he was regularly checking out the the market: condition, pricing and type of the houses on sales in his area.  He was also screening the potential listing agents.

This spring, I got a call from Mr. D.  We met.  He showed me the upgrades he put in place plus the improvements underway.  He also shared with me his overall plan: 1) cash in on his much bigger than required house; 2) downsize to a smaller house; and then 3) invest on another property to generate passive income.  That was a good financial plan to accumulate wealth - my previous training and experience of financial planning would concur.  Mr. D was looking for a real estate agent to assist his implementation.  He asked me what and how I could help.  I listed out what I would usually do and additional things I could try in his particular case.  Obviously, he went on to shop around for the partnering agent.

Later, I was surprised and excited to find out Mr. D chose me for his project.  He later told me in person.  

"Fanny, I've met with many realtors, of course, those BIG and established ones included.  They all tell me how marvelous they are; how many house they sold; how many percents of the market they commanded  and ... blah blah blah... you know, all those impressive sales pitch.  It was only you who spent more time telling me what you would do to help me.  And I saw how you worked in actions during the open house.  I'd bet that I will see and hear more from you than if I were working with other big shots.  That's why we'd rather have you as our agent."  

The conversation took place a good few months ago.  It still touches and lifts me.

I listed Mr. D house just before summer.  With the interest rate hike, HST impact (more psychological than actual for most) and buyers in the sideline, it has been a "cool summer" for the property market.  Together with Mr. D, we did a number of things to market his house.  With the changing environment, we needed to improvise.  Sometimes, Mr. D agreed and went along.  Other times, he was not on board with the proposed.  I respected that and needed to let him know the potential consequences.  After all, it is his property.  During our listing period, we did get anxious, second-guessed and grew impatient, especially we were well aware of the plan ahead.  Yes, there were ups and downs (perhaps more for recent couple of months as all could understand).

Finally and deservingly, Mr. D 's beautiful home has found its rightful owner.  Mr. D and I were happy with our result and about our collaboration.

Now, Mr. D and I (a small agent) are on to the next step in the plan.

And now... I am much more in tune on differentiating my services from other realtors, no matter whether they are BIG or small.

Thanks Mr. D for your trust and opportunity.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

BIG vs small

Haven't mused through this blog for a while. Not that there is nothing to say, rather, 1. been busy throughout the summer (plus some time-off for a cousin wedding in Alberta) ; 2. been micro-blogging via Facebook, Twitter on those momentarily feelings and comments.  However, over last couple of months, this one thought still resonates and wants to be written as a post.

As you may know, we returned to the country few years ago.  I have been a realtor for only a handful of years.  I went on it pretty much alone with limited resources.  (Grateful to those advised from time to time.  Also to the trusty helping hands on marketing, planning and operations I obtained earlier this year so that I can be more focused on working with my clients to meet their needs.)

Often after learning my profession, acquaintances or friends or relatives would ask if I know so and so BIG name realtors.  Yes, I mean those faces that you have seen on TVs, prints, buses, bus stops, benches, flyers and ... etc.  Yes, I know some of them and know of many more.  Some are my fellow colleagues with vintage and experiences.  Some approached to recruit me to join their teams.  Boy, was I tempted especially when I had little clue on how to start this endeavor.  For one reason or another, I didn't go for it.  But must confess, in my mind, I sometimes imagine having enough the name and face recognition that continuous buyers and sellers come knocking on my door. So many so that I must let my junior teammates to attend their cases...  while I ...

Just one second, before I ever get to there, how can we - small agents -compete with those established ones?  I didn't have an answer.

* to be continued *