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Top Ten Questions Vancouver Real Estate Sellers Should Ask

Top Ten Questions Vancouver Real Estate Sellers Should Ask their Realtor

  1. How long have you been in business and are you a full-time Professional?
  2. Do you specialize in my neighbourhood and for how long?
  3. Do you work with a team and how does that work and who exactly will I be dealing with and are they qualified?
  4. What is your average list to sales price ratio compared to REBGV average
  5. Do you have current testimonials?
  6. Do i buy or sell first and what is that process and pitfalls? Dates? Deposit?
  7. What subjects will be in the contract, how long to satisfy them and what if they don’t get removed?
  8. How do multiple offers work?
  9. How often do  you communicate with me and what information should I expect to receive? What are your days and hours of work?
  10. What documents will I need to sign and can I review them? Do you provide digital signing?

Vancouver Neighbourhood Specialist Maggie Chandler

  • I a full-time Real Estate Advisor who always goes the extra mile for you!  Do you wish to receive excellent service on your time frame, backed by decades of hyper-local knowledge and expertise in Vancouver’s  neighbourhoods?
  • How can you benefit from my knowledge of Vancouver penthouses, waterfront condos, townhomes, heritage condos, lofts, investment properties  and luxury real estate ?  I have marketed and sold over 1,000 properties
  • How can I help you find the right home or investment property?
  • Author Maggie Chandler 1648 W. 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3

You Deserve to Know It All!

  • Second Home Real Estate Specialist (SHRES)
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist SRES®
  • Buying or Selling Tenant Occupied Properties (STOP)
  • Sellers Downsizing and Trading Up
  • New Home Buyers
  • First Time buyers
  • Visit my website for more info on Vancouver’s waterfront condo neighbourhoods

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What Are the Ten Most Asked Questions by Vancouver Property Sellers ?

Over the last year I started making notes of all the questions Vancouver property sellers ask me and then I organized them into the into the ten most popular ones. Here they are!

  1.  What will my home sell for?
  2. What price should I list it at?
  3. How long will it take to sell?
  4. When is the right time to market it?
  5. What upgrades should I do?
  6. Do I need to stage it?
  7. Should I terminate the tenant?
  8. How long will it take to close?
  9. What is your fee and what other costs will I incur?
  10. What are your showing times and how much notice will i get?

Do you have a question you’d add to the list?

Vancouver Neighbourhood Specialist Maggie Chandler

  • I a full-time Real Estate Advisor who always goes the extra mile for you!  Do you wish to receive excellent service on your time frame, backed by decades of hyper-local knowledge and expertise in Vancouver’s  neighbourhoods?
  • How can you benefit from my knowledge of Vancouver penthouses, waterfront condos, townhomes, heritage condos, lofts, investment properties  and luxury real estate ?  I have marketed and sold over 1,000 properties
  • How can I help you find the right home or investment property?
  • Author Maggie Chandler 1648 W. 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3

You Deserve to Know It All!

  • Second Home Real Estate Specialist (SHRES)
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist SRES®
  • Buying or Selling Tenant Occupied Properties (STOP)
  • Sellers Downsizing and Trading Up
  • New Home Buyers
  • First Time buyers
  • Visit my website for more info on Vancouver’s waterfront condo neighbourhoods

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I Have Buyers for Vancouver Condos! Thinking of Selling?

V1123100_101_116I Have Buyers for Vancouver Condos! Thinking of Selling? As you know, it’s a sellers market for Vancouver real estate – more buyers than sellers. Currently i have many qualified buyers who cannot a condo that suits their needs. If you are thinking of selling, please call me for a free market evaluation or any other questions you may have about moving. In April 2010 there were 2,151 Vancouver West Side condo listings, today there are 1,021. August had 476 sales. Read more

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Should Senior Vancouver Real Estate Owners Defer their Property Taxes?

seniors-13972523Should Senior Vancouver Real Estate Owners Defer their Property Taxes? The BC Government allows seniors to defer your property taxes on your primary residence only. To quality you must be a Canadian citizen and have lived in BC for at least a year prior to applying, be at least 55 years old, a surviving spouse or a person with a disability as defined by regulation.

You are required to have a net minimum of 25% equity of the current BC Assessment value of your home. An application is made and a lien registered against your property and the program pays your current property taxes for you. Read more

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How Long Does It Take to Sell Your Vancouver Condo?

How Long Does It Take to Sell Your Vancouver Condo? This is, of course, one of the main questions that I’m asked by clients who are thinking of selling their Vancouver condo, particularly if it’s an investment property and has a tenant in place.

In general it takes an average of  39 days – down 17% from a year ago. Check out the live graphs.

Vancouver (West Side)

East Vancouver Average Days on Market for 2015

Vancouver List to Sales Ratio for 2015

Conclusiion – Vancouver real estate is selling quicker, listings are down and sales are up, that’s why we’re seeing some multiple offers again and buyers are not always able to find the property with the exact criteria that they’re looking for.

My Areas of Expertise

  • Second Home Real Estate Specialist (SHRES)
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist SRES®
  • Buying or Selling Tenant Occupied Properties (STOP)
  • Sellers Downsizing and Trading Up
  • New Home Buyers
  • First Time buyers
  • Visit my website for more info on Vancouver’s waterfront condo neighbourhoods

 Why Hire Maggie Chandler as your Vancouver Realtor?

  • I am a full-time Professional and offer high calibre service on your time frame
  • You can count on my decades of hyper-local knowledge and expertise
  • I’ve marketed and sold over 1,000 Vancouver properties
  • I understand the real estate in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, its history and its evolution
  • I know Vancouver Penthouses, waterfront condos, townhomes, heritage condos, lofts and luxury real estate
  • Let me help you find the right home or investment property!
  • Author Maggie Chandler 1648 W. 6th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3

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Why Did Your Vancouver Condo Not Sell?

Are you frustrated with the current Vancouver real estate market and wondering why did your Vancouver condo not sell? There are three reasons why a Vancouver condo doesn’t sell – marketing, price and condition.

Did you hire a Vancouver neighbourhood realtor with hyper-local experience? Or where they from another municipality, didn’t accommodate showings and not familiar with your neighbourhood and its condo buildings, so unable to keep you updated with marketing conditions. Read more

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Top Seven Questions Vancouver Condo Sellers Ask

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Vancouver condo sellers often have many questions when I meet with them to discuss their upcoming move. Being a Vancouver first time seller isn’t as easy as being a first time buyer, as you need your money out of your current property in order to purchase another one. So, do you buy first or sell first? It depends on the current Vancouver real estate market and the available selection and how long it takes to sell your Vancouver condo. Another consideration is the banks and whether you can obtain bridge financing so as to purchase first and then sell. Read more

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When Should Vancouver Home Sellers Downsize?

At some pont in your life you will decide to sell your Vancouver family home and downsize. The video will answer such questions as what should Vancouver home sellers know about downsizing.? When is the right time? What do you downsize to? Do you move into a condo or forget real estate all together and rent? Perhaps if you’re in your later years you move into some kind of Senior Housing.

How Much  Will You Need for Retirement Years?

This is  a question for a Vancouver  investment advisor, who will sit down with you, ask lots of questions and use the most advanced retirement techniques available. You will also receive advice on what type of investments are right for you. Read more

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How Do I Make My Vancouver Condo Visually Larger?

You’ve heard of staging your Vancouver home in order to maximise the appeal and visual effect for buyers. But have you thought of making your Vancouver condo appear bigger visually? Hire an Vancouver interior designer! It’s all about the illusion of space rather than having more space. Here’s a few tricks you can do yourself. This is part of my Seller Services for Vancouver property owners.

Vancouver New Condos Are  Staged To Perfection

Visit the presentation centres for new Vancouver condos because they’re staged to perfection! Notice you can stand in one corner and look to the other corner without any obstructions. Think in terms of not wasting space. Make use of the space under your bed, try built-ins. Let the light in, don’t use window dressings that block the light. White ,pale or neutral colours best reflect light and keep it simple with one colour per room, it expands the space. Read more

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Would You Hire This Vancouver Realtor to Sell Your Property?

The world is constantly changing, as is the Vancouver real estate business!  As we’ve moved from a Vancouver sellers market to a buyers market I’m observing some scary business practices by Vancouver realtors, so thought I’d give you the heads up. Be very selective when you hire a Vancouver realtor to sell your property! Be sure they’ve actually worked in a buyers market previously (’90s). Do they understand the Law of Agency and have they explained it to you? As a buyer or seller agent we have an undivided loyalty and responsibility to keep the confidences of the principal. The sellers agent can’t ask the buyer personal questions when we show the listing, nor call the buyers agent after and ask for buyer feedback.

Vancouver MLS

Sellers list their Vancouver condo on the MLS which is run by REBGV and the fee is paid by the listing agent. Some agents follow the rules and give full co-operation to the buyers agents, some don’t. Either they don’t return your call or they have a reason why it can’t be shown. And many realtors aren’t punctual.  Currently, the majority of real estate agents take the listing at the sellers price, which is above market value. This ensures the property won’t sell. Why not give the correct Vancouver housing market outlook, together with a realistic evaluation, to the seller and let them decide if they wish to sell now or not? The result is high inventory with many overpriced properties. Read more

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How Long Does it Take to Sell A Vancouver Property?

When you decide to sell your Vancouver property, pay attention to the number of days it takes to sell a property like yours in your neighbourhood.

The time frame has increased for Vancouver homes, townhomes and condos compared to a year ago. Homes are selling the quickest.

Days on Market for Vancouver West.

Buying or selling Vancouver Real Estate?

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  • strong interpersonal skills
  • hyperlocal info
  • educate you about the market and the process
  • all coupled with decades of experience providing trustworthy real estate advice
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JUST SOLD! 701-233 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!

It took only a month and about a dozen showings to sell 701-233 Robson Street, better know as TV Towers and it sold within 2% of the list price. It also sold for more than the suite above it fetched at the beginning of the year.

The interested buyers were investors and owner occupiers. This Downtown Vancouver location is perfect for both.

I have a couple of serious buyers who are interested in this property, Read more

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Vancouver Real Estate Sellers Tips About Closing

Guest Post from David Simon – Barrister and Solicitor 604-943-4045

This month my newsletter deals with a very common complaint I hear from selling clients. “How come I have to pay an extra day or 2 or 3 days of extra interest on my mortgage because the buyer didn’t get you their money in time for you to pay off my mortgage on the closing date?”

Unfortunately I have to tell them their agents did not do a good job in drafting the agreement of purchase and sale. The standard real estate agreement does not stipulate when the buyer has to deliver the money on the day of closing. So theoretically the buyer can deliver it after the banks close. These means your client has to pay an extra days interest. Considering the size of mortgages today that could mean a couple of hundred dollars. Read more

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Vancouver Real Estate Market Keeping me Hopping

Vanouver real estate buyers and sellers always ask me “how’s the market”?”  Who’s buying? What price range sells the best? Are prices going up or down?

Personally, the last two months have been the busiest of the year.

Yesterday I was showing waterfront condos in Coal Harbour to a buyer from US, who wishes to invest $2M in Canada. I also received an offer on one of my listings Read more

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What do I Pay the Buyer’s Agent if I sell My Own House?

A few people are successful at selling their Vancouver home themselves.

In many instances, you’ll be approached by a REALTOR, who will ask if you’re offering a commission if they bring you an acceptable offer .

Many realtors ask  their Buyers to sign a Buyer’s Agency Contract, which obligates the Buyers to pay the REALTOR a certain amount, should the Realtor find them a home outside of the MLS, or perhaps the seller is paying a lower commission. Read more

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Five Regulations Vancouver Buyers and Sellers Should Be Aware Of

From REBGV

REBGV’s boundaries include 22 local governments, 3 regional districts and one treaty first nation (Tsawwassen).

Vancouver Municipalities all have different bylaws and policies that can significantly affect Vancouver real estate buyers and sellers, in addition you need to be aware of provincial regulations which work in tandem with bylaws and policies. Read more

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SOLD! 204-1315 Cardero

Congrats to the new owner of this incredibly attractive and spacious one bedroom in a solid co-op building steps to beach avenue.

Dianne Court is one of the few West End co-ops that boast balconies and parking and lockers.

Buying or selling in a West End co-op building? Please give me a call as i understand this type of ownership. Read more

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What Sellers Should Know About Deposits When Selling Vancouver Real Estate

There are a few ways to structure the deposit when dealing with an offer of purchase and sale for Vancouver real estate.

We always used to ask the Buyer Client for a deposit cheque, which would be placed in the Trust Account within 24 hours of acceptance of their offer by the seller.

Sometimes the Buyer would give a small deposit and increase it on subject removal date. If subjects weren’t removed then the deposit cheque was refunded to the Buyer. Read more

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Top Three Offer Presentation Tips when Selling your Vancouver Real Estate

Offer presentation can be quite complicated, whether there’s one or multiple offers.

If you’re a Vancouver real estate seller, here’s a few tips for you, from the Realtor Code of Ethics.

Confidentiality of Offers

Sellers’ realtors cannot require buyers’ realtors to reveal their offers before they are presented and offers must be held in strict confidence unless otherwise instructed by the seller in writing. Read more

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