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SCARY STORY

I’d like to share with you a scary story or perhaps more aptly described – a precautionary tale.  Recently, I came across a letter that a prospective buyer circulated to a townhouse complex in which I have assisted quite a few home owners sell.  The letter from this prospective buyer stated many things that made me cringe. This buyer, in the letter, expressed interest in purchasing a property in the complex.  That’s okay. However, this buyer, went on to reveal a great deal of very personal information about the buyer’s circumstance, motivation, timeline, purchasing power, and other details that severely weakened the buyer’s negotiating position.  PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!

The buyer left their contact information on the letter and so I reached out to the buyer in the hopes that the buyer would be willing to meet so that a conversation of the potential consequences of soliciting home owners in this fashion could be had.  I asked the buyer if the buyer was represented. The buyer said “yes.” If this is true, this is even more terrifying. I asked the buyer, to please share with me the name of their agent which the buyer has yet to do. Because the buyer said that they were represented, I could not advise this buyer, and because I was not supplied the agent’s name, I was not able to inform that agent of the letter.  I’m hoping that by sharing this story, this may prevent someone else from making what could be a very costly error.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, it is advisable to keep your personal information confidential.  Think of how your personal information may be used against you if it were shared. I strongly encourage you and those you know to seek assistance from a professional such as myself who will protect your confidentiality and negotiating position at all times.

This is a caveat emptor (buyer beware) province when it comes to housing purchases.  Please protect yourself by speaking with a qualified professional before you begin your home search.

If you have any questions, please call me.  At the very least, you will leave that conversation better informed to make decisions that you feel are in your best interest.  To schedule a call, please click here: https://caseyduncan.ca/contact-us/

25 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS

What a tremendously positive response from the community to this year’s 25 Days of Giveaways!  Thousands entered over the 25 Days and, as always, I wish I had more to give. Thank you for your support of this event and of the local business community!  It’s an event I’d like to grow each and every year, so if you have any suggestions as to how to improve it or businesses that should be included in it, please let me know.  I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions.

CHIPPING AWAY AT A CURE

I’m happy to report that this year’s “Chipping Away at a Cure” cancer fundraiser was another great success!  I want to thank my good friend Cameron Watt for assisting me over the January 4th and 5th weekend as we picked up many trees in the Langley and Cloverdale communities.  Thousands of dollars have been raised since this event began several years ago and that’s a result of the tremendously generous contributions of the donors, those that liked, shared, or forwarded this event’s information along to their network of family and friends, Richard and the wonderful people at Oh Christmas Tree Farm, Bonnie and everyone at Field’s Trees, and Rachel and the rest of the staff at the BC Cancer Foundation.  Thank you all for “Chipping In!” If you’d like to have your tree picked up next year, please do visit www.chippingawayatacure.com in December to schedule us.  I really appreciate the support and so do many others!

PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

Property assessments were recently mailed out to home owners and most will have likely seen a dip in their property’s “assessed value.”  Please keep in mind that assessed value is not the same as market value. Market value is the price at which a property is likely to sell within the current market.  A property’s market value can be affected by many things including the marketing and presentation of the property and the negotiating effectiveness of a skillful agent.  With my extensive range of complimentary services such as home staging, cinematic video tour, and professional home cleaning and as a certified negotiation expert, I am happy to set up a time to meet to discuss the market value of your property.  If you or anyone you know is thinking about selling or is simply curious to know their property’s current market value, please click the following link to book a time for us to chat: https://caseyduncan.ca/contact-us/

MARKET UPDATE

We’ll see what kind of impact the recent snowfall and road conditions have on the market.  I suspect it may have a very short term stalling effect because this year is forecasted to be one in which we see housing prices increase.  The table is certainly set for this to occur. Sales activity steadily increased from mid-summer through December which has left inventory depleted.  If interest rates and housing supply remain low and demand remains the same, we will very likely see a rise in housing prices. If you’re considering a move and would like more information, please reach out.  I’d be happy to get together and provide you with more specific information about your area of interest.

KNOW ANYBODY

I’m often asked for recommendations for various trades and services such as movers, painters, house cleaners, electricians, plumbers, etc…  and while I have a list of many of these individuals already, I’d love to hear from you and find out whether you have someone you know and trust that would benefit from being placed on my updated list of preferred homeowner trades and services.  Perhaps this is someone you know personally like a friend or family member or someone whose services you’ve used in the past. I’d love to be able to better support those that I work with and at the same time support your connections as well. So, I’ll be reaching out over the course of the next month to see whether you have any recommendations.  This trades and services directory will be emailed out to subscribers in a future newsletter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

FANTASY FOOTBALL POOL – Beginning this September

REGISTER NOW: email caseyduncan@macrealty.com with the subject line, “I want in the Free For All!” I will respond to your email with the league details and information package. This is the 2nd annual running of this pool. Over 50 people registered and participated in the pool last year and it was a lot of fun. I’d love to build on last year’s success, so I hope that you will consider entering. No football knowledge required.

LANGLEY GOOD TIME CRUISE-IN – September 7, 2019

Myself and some of my colleagues at Macdonald Realty will have a booth set up at the Langley Good Times Cruise-In in Aldergrove again this year. We’ve attended this event for a few years now. The weather hasn’t always cooperated, but there’s certainly lots to see and do for the car enthusiasts and their families. It’s a great event, lots of fun, and we are excited to be taking part. If you decide to attend, make sure to pop by our booth to say hello!