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Q.  Derrick, The last home we were really excited about was not available to view for a week, then our offer could not be presented that same day. Why not?

A.  Great question. This marketing phenomenon started in downtown Vancouver during the over heated market of 2006.

Homes were selling so fast, real estate companies became concerned about their liability. What if the home owner felt their home was not reasonably marketed before an offer was accepted?


Perhaps a higher price may have been obtained if a preset date was chosen for offer presentations or even showings. Personally, I have never had difficulty getting top dollar for any of my clients in any market. When a Buyer can view a new listing the day the signs go up, and can own it that night if they are willing to pay the listing price, they often do! Don’t underestimate the emotion of opportunity. Make you home easy to show and easy to own.


 Make your home easy to show, and easy to own.



Q.  Derrick, is it true I can list my home on the Multiple Listing Service for as low as $1,000.00? What’s the catch?

A.  I’m glad you asked. There is a lot of confusion around this new ‘fee for service concept’ being offered to home sellers.


There has never been set fees in British Columbia for real estate services. The amount you pay for real estate services has always been negotiable. It’s what you get in return for your money that’s ‘the catch’.


When entrusting an agent with your most valuable asset, choose a full time professional that specializes in your area.


A Realtor capable of defending the value of their service is the same Realtor you want defending the value of your home during negotiation.


A great Realtor is worth every dollar you will pay him!


Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.  

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