In my opinion in today's real estate market home buyer and sellers should not only achieve the best results possible, but also have fun doing so. I must admit the first few years of my ten years in the business I was so focused on being "professional" that I forgot to have fun as often as I should have. I believe it's not a truly successful experience unless we accomplish everything we set out to, which today includes having some fun along the way.
Some homebuyers wear their heart on their sleeve and get the most joy from touring possible homes, dreaming of what life might be like in each. Others keep their excitement contained within and get the most enjoyment from simply finding the best deal and knowing they have thousands in equity in their home already on the day they take possession. I have fun myself, not only meeting and getting to know the good people I work with, but by putting myself in their shoes and living through them throughout the experience. I'm constantly looking for things to enhance the experience for my clients by helping them dream and picture what a home would look like after a particular reno, slipping the odd joke into a conversation, guiding them through the negotiation games, or something more simple like offering to grab coffee on the way to a showing.
Don't think enjoyable real estate experiences are solely for buyers though. That's right, I'm saying that stressful selling experience your friend had didn't have to be that way. While knowing you've just firmed up negotiations and are receiving the best possible price for your home can make anyone smile in itself, the road to getting there can be a lot of fun as well. Deciding how to stage your home with the help of Pinterest, Google Images, and advice from your trusty Realtor can add a lot to your enjoyment and your sales price. Make sure you take lots of before and after photos to maximize that rewarding feeling of accomplishment you'll get when you're finished. Speaking of after photos, if your home is showcased properly with the right angles and emotions in each photo, it can work wonders on how well your home shows online and how much interest you're able to generate. One of my favourite things to do is to send home sellers photos of their home once they've been taken and processed. Some of the comments I get are priceless. Video is another beast in itself which can sell all of the features of your home in their entirety like nothing else, when done correctly with audio and a virtual walkthrough style. Knowing that your home is being toured numerous times daily when you only had to clean it once, can be a lot of fun all in itself!
I hope you realize Realtors can be very professional and provide a fun experience for their clients at the same time. In fact, wouldn't you say the ones who can do both are the most professional of all? Good luck and have fun in your next real estate experience whether I'm a part of it or not... Unless of course I'm on the other side of negotiations. In that case you better have eaten a good breakfast that day and be feeling sharp because IT'S ON!!!
Since I'm a big believer that photos and video are now a big part of showcasing homes in their best light, I figured I would post a photo a day, give or take.