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 Q.   I noticed you regularly tweet about your listings, and have many followers. How important has social media become in marketing a home?

~   Anonymous


A.  Thanks for noticing. Yes, I try to tweet regularly.


However, like most people I struggle to understand the true value of social media and where its place is in today’s business, and more importantly tomorrow’s. Unlike Facebook, Twitter is unregulated. You can search any word or phrase used in any Twitter posting by adding a # in front of that word or phrase. For example, #NewWestminster, 

 

The information is arranged chronologically making it exceptionally timely. I searched #NewWestminster a couple of days ago. Somebody had posted just an hour before; “Does anyone know of a town home under $400K in New Westminster? I’ve been looking in Burnaby and everything is too expensive.” Well, it just so happens I just listed a 2 bedroom town home last week. It’s slightly more then $400K but he has now been introduced to it online and wants to view it!

 

That’s the power of Social Media. Feel free to follow @NewWestRealtor

 

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  “I Like Real Estate. You Like Real Estate. Lets Be Friends”

 


 

Q.   Does it matter whether we us a lawyer or notary to handle our real estate transaction?

 ~    Barb-West End Resident


A.   In nine out of ten cases, you can use either a lawyer or a notary for your real estate transaction.


However, if a problem requiring a lawyer surfaces on the day of completion, you will be happy you choose one. Failure, for any reason to complete on the day you agreed to on the contract may result in additional cost. You don’t want to pay for your buyer’s dinner and night at the Fairmount.

 

Additionally, a lawyer with a family law background can be very helpful when dealing with estates and wills as they relate to your particular real estate transaction. As a rule, I recommend my clients use a lawyer.

 

Our in house lawyer Peter Goodwin, of Goodwin and Mark LLP, has been serving New Westminster since 1962.

 

peter@goodmark.ca

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  You can’t go wrong using a lawyer! Does it matter whether we us a lawyer or notary to handle our real estate transaction?

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