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"I want my clients to feel connected to me when buying a home, and I want to be your first choice when thinking of a Realtor. My blog is a way to stay connected, learn a little bit about me, and learn about the Sunshine Coast."

 

 

 

 

 

Hello everyone! I am writing this blog post while sitting in the Basted Baker cafe in Sechelt, corresponding with several potential buyers, and of course drinking a latte. The past few weeks have been busy, and something that has resonated with me in particular: Buyer's Agents. You know, that person that helps you from beginning to end finding your dream home, the person that works on your behalf solely, the person (or therapist if you prefer!) who talks you off the edge at 11:30 at night when your nerves are shot. Yes us, Buyer's Agents. A lot of misunderstanding floats around when it comes to real estate transactions. Who pays who? Who works for who? Who do we trust with our information to make sure it doesn't work negatively in our favour? These questions are asked on a regular basis, and it's important to have a clear understanding of the home buying process before getting into an agency relationship with a Realtor. With the modern advances of the internet, with listings on Realtor websites, Facebook, Instagram - the list goes on. It begs the question for many: is a Buyer's Agent still necessary? It's no secret, Buyer’s Agents are no longer the gatekeepers of property information. But understanding, evaluating, and presenting that property information to home buyers remains an integral part of an agent’s job. Often times people inquire about a particular listing but say they would prefer to deal with the listing agent. I get it, who knows more info about the property than the listing agent? But when an entire home search is put into motion, interviewing a Realtor to exclusively represent you is beneficial in many ways. Here's an example: if you were getting divorced, would you want your husband/wife's attorney representing you in the same divorce proceedings? When working exclusively on your behalf to find your dream property, we protect your confidential financial information, negotiate solely on your behalf, disclose if we have another Buyer interested in the same property, and work around the clock to help you find a property that best suits your needs. Many Buyers spend every night in bed on their Realtor app browsing listings for hours (admit it - who doesn't!) Often it's the unexpected properties that are suggested by your Realtor because of their expert opinion on the area, and comparable information of particular types of homes, that are the winners. We eat, breathe, sleep real estate. We constantly check the market statistics and new listings. We often have sleeve listings available that are not necessarily public. Remember, we are working for you. It would not be beneficial to myself, the reputation of my business, or the reputation of the Realtor community if I did something that made my client feel uncomfortable or feel as though theyre are not represented properly. If it needs to be explained three times, so be it. Don't be afraid to ask questions and want answers. Entering into an Agency relationship, we owe you a fiduciary duty to do so. We have extensive and continuous training to be as knowledgeable as possible, obtain excellent negotiation skills and can write up that scary offer/counter-offer with ease. Now, who pays the Buyer's Agent? The Seller does. The Seller pays a commission to the Listing Agent, who offers a percentage to the successful Buyer's Agent who brings a Buyer. This does not mean we work for free, our time is as valuable as everyone else. I don't know about you, but for myself, the most valuable things in life are relationships and plain old time. Depending if you are a parent trying to run a household with a toddler on one knee, a bouncing baby on the other, and can't even get to the grass you haven't mowed in a month (no judgement, I don't have kids and my grass is also far too long). Maybe you are spending time focusing on your career, or spend your time off on a yacht in St. Bart's, I mean, we can dream right? Maybe you just bluntly don't care to do any home searching yourself, many Buyer's feel at a loss when it comes to a home search. Call up a Realtor and let them help, it is our job after all!


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I thought I would share some of my favourite things about BC's best kept secret: the Sunshine Coast. A place I am passionate about. A place I call home. The Sunshine Coast  is my chosen place of work. (If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me "why don't you go work in the city?!", I would be retiring). So I'll go ahead and answer that exact question with some of my own reasons. Bear with me, there's a few!


  • Hiking
    The great outdoors! I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 11 years, and still have trails to discover on this picturesque 180km stretch of land from Gibsons to Lund. It's indescribable to stand on what feels like the top of the world, standing on the edge of a beautiful view, the unshakable feeling of your own piece of heaven. It's important to balance a busy lifestyle with much needed breaks, and what better place to spend them than in the trails that are practically in your own backyard. 

    My dog and I on a hike up Soames Hill.

  • Beaches

The Sunshine Coast includes some of the most amazing beaches. It offers a variety of sand stretched beaches perfect for summer sunbathing, pebble covered beaches for winter walking, and beautiful stretches of log covered beaches perfect for relaxing around a beach fire. Along the coast line there seems to be a beach access point around every corner, ready to be discovered! 

A fall day on Bonniebrook Beach in Gibsons

 

  • Community
    Ask anybody on the Sunshine Coast what their favorite things about this place are, I guarantee you "community" will be in their top 10. Dotted with little towns up the Coast that exude charm and character, there is something about the way people treat each other, help each other, and participate in community events no matter what the occasion. There are many volunteer organizations, sports clubs, outdoor groups, and community driven events (to name a few!) that help make up our identity as a self-sustainable community that cares about its neighbours. Walk down the street and feel welcome as most people give you a nod or a smile in passing. 

    A fellow Realtor, Krista and I raising money for the Salvation Army Kettle Fund.
     
  • Persephone Brewing Company
    Who doesn't love locally made craft beer? I sure do! Housed in a big red barn on a large parcel of agricultural land, Persephone has developed itself as one of the most popular places on the Sunshine Coast to meet friends, enjoy a flight of craft beer over a board game, or walk the grounds that boast beautiful landscape and a pond to sit around and watch the hops grow. Just a short drive of about five minutes when you drive off the ferry, Persephone is worth checking out!

    Isn't this the cutest place you have ever seen?
     
  • Food
    If you're like me and love good food and drinks, the Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer in the way locally owned restaurants, pubs, and coffeeshops. If you are looking for an unreal water view to enjoy over your cocktail and appetizer, there are many restaurants that can offer that. If you are looking for more of a "downtown" feel, with loungy interiors and comfort food, we can do that also. The nice thing about the restaurant scene on the Sunshine Coast is that it is a small town, therefore everyone tries to be diverse and do something different from the next person. 


    One of my favorite places to unwind in a booth beside a fireplace, Shift in Sechelt.
     
  • Outdoor sports
    The Sunshine Coast is an absolute hub for the pursuit of outdoor sport lover. In the summer, paddleboard and kayak through the waters of Howe Sound, weaving through picturesque islands while curious seals pop up around you. In the winter, drive or shuttle up to Dakota Ridge to enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with views of the lower Coast. Sound too good to be true? Come see for yourself! Coast Gravity Park offers everything for the downhill biking enthusiast as well, there is something for everyone. Salty's Adventure Sports in Robert's Creek can help you with any of your outdoor sport needs all year round. 

    A summer day on the water, paddleboarding in Porpoise Bay. 
     
  • Close proximity to the city
    I love the Sunshine Coast (obviously!) but don't get me wrong, I also love a day or two in the city. My home in Gibsons is only a short drive to the ferry, in under 10 minutes I can be on my way to the city. 40 minutes on the ferry isn't so bad when you can grab a snack and a coffee and enjoy the amazing views. No wonder there are tons of daily commuters on that first ferry, it sure beats sitting in traffic! Feel like heading to Whistler instead? A day trip is totally doable, drive off the ferry and head onto the famous Sea to Sky Highway and under an hour and a half you're breathing in Whistler air.  

    BC Ferries pulling into the dock.
     
  •  Lower Gibsons
    If I had to tell you what my favorite part of town on the Sunshine Coast is, it would have to be Lower Gibsons. Famous for being the film set for The Beachcombers, the longest running Canadian TV series, no wonder it is popular among tourists and other visitors. Walk along the boardwalk past shops, restaurants, coffeeshops, museums and artisan stands. Real estate is a dream in this area, close to the ferry, just outside of downtown Gibsons, and affordable at a fraction of the price of Vancouver waterfront. 

    Lower Gibsons pier: a perfect place to watch the sunset with some gelato in hand. 

    I hop you enjoyed my list, I have about 24325 more reasons (maybe I should write a book!) You get the gist of it, I love where I live and work! 
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Hi everyone!

 

Well here it goes, my first blog post! The start of a new year is always exciting, setting new goals, executing new ideas, and the feeling of starting fresh. Instead of the classic resolutions that start with "no more...", "cutting out...", or a well intended start to do something five days a week when you currently do them a whopping total of zero (what is Tai Chi anyways?!), I prefer attainable small goals. I am lucky to live in one of the most desirable, beautiful places in Canada (okay maybe I'm biased!), but I would love to do more. Plain and simple: Do More. Why did I become a Realtor here and not in the city? What do I want to proudly show off to clients who are relocating to the Sunshine Coast? The amazing place I live! I'm already an avid hiker and enjoy nature, but I would love to be more involved in my local community. Being active in the community is important; it allows me to not only have the chance to do my part, but also meet people and connect. I believe no matter how hard you work at being a Realtor, connecting with people is the turning key to a successful business, much more so than the countless hours you put in behind your computer. Good thing it's something I enjoy! The Sunshine Coast offers some of the most amazing hikes with views, wildlife, waterfalls, beaches, cliffs, snowy peaks, and too many other unreal things to name. Getting up an hour earlier to start my day to experience some of these more often than I am now is a goal to look forward to (it sure sounds better than cutting out sugar). It's far too easy to get caught up in the "I'm too busy" mindset. 

Of course there's the cliche 'health resolution'. I dabbled a bit into Yoga the past few years, picking up a class here and there. One of my goals this year is to attend Yoga classes regularely, and I have set it up to do so a few days a week with colleagues from my office. This way I'm held accountable and it's a great way to incorporate health into my lifestyle. 

Back to what I said earlier about connecting with people, what is more important than your friends and family? It's important to make time for the people close to you, they are the ones who support you, love to watch you chase your dreams, and are always a good laugh over a glass of wine! 

Another small goal: use a planner! I recently started to use my planner more and more, and I hope to write EVERYTHING important in there this year. No more lost ideas, plans, or that random thought that pops into your head at 3AM that is forgotten the next morning. A clear, organized mind makes for a more streamlined organized life!

Long story with far too much detail short, I would like to make 2016 my best year yet! Thanks for reading, positivity goes a long way and I hope to connect with all of you at some point as friends or clients. Real estate is my passion, let me help you along the way!

 

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