How Do I Pick Your Realtor®?
I have one superpower when it comes to connecting people to great agents in BC:
I love Realtors.
That’s it, and as weird as it may sound, I think that makes contacting me the logical first step when you’re ready to move to BC.
Strength in Diversity
My parents both worked in Real Estate before they retired, which for the most part meant their friends did too. And they were the most weird, interesting, and diverse set of people to grow up around you could ever imagine.
Witness Sam Valani, a shrewd Indian businessman who’d grown up in, and eventually had to flee Edi Amin’s Uganda with nothing, only to build a thriving brokerage from scratch in the topsy-turvy Calgary market of the 1980’s.
Then there was Kay Fischer, the dressed-to-kill open-house specialist, with her signature bullet-proof nails, Kathleen-Turner laugh, and hot pink Cadillac Eldorado.
And I’ll never forget Jim Sexsmith, the flashy foreclosure specialist who dared one more popped shirt button than any modern agent might try, in any situation. He taught me how to use a polaroid camera when I was kid, and then how to make a Manhattan “that didn’t taste like piss”.
I soppose I suspected then that they were my tribe.
Variety, the Spice of Real Estate
Unlike other industries, Realtors can come from anywhere. I’ve been a Realtor for 15 years and came from Realtor parents but (almost typically), it was my 3rd career.
In the technology & ad agency worlds I worked in before, everyone had the same background. They went to the same schools and took the same classes. They shared the same cultural and musical tastes. They wore the same clothes and drove the same cars. They often inter-married.
That’s never been my experience with Realtors.
Let’s for example, take Travis, a super star volunteer for the profession and hands-down the most knowledgeable Buyer’s Agent in the whole province for anyone in the cannabis sector.
If you watch him navigate the down-drafts of ALR regulation, zoning nightmares, and goofy regulations to guide a Buyer to a perfect agricultural acquisition with nerves of steel, it starts to make sense that he used to be a helicopter pilot.
Now, go to Google and try searching “best BC Realtor” + “large scale agriculture” + “cannabis knowledge”. Do you even see a Realtor in the first 20 pages?
Or how about Lorene. A former top-tier, pro athlete who built her own successful brokerage in the West Kootenays, who then sells it all and pivots to bigger Kelowna, where she can be found door knocking like a guileless rookie, learning the City’s secret sweet spots house by house. Training montage much?
In 2 years she’ll be a top 10 search result in the busiest second home market for pro athletes in Canada. But today, search engines rank her under agents who’ve done 3 deals total but happen to have 1,000 instagram followers.
Google Don’t Know Realtors
My point being, when it comes to picking Realtors, Google doesn’t know shit.
Google doesn’t love Realtors. Google doesn’t know their stories, and their skills and their superpowers.
Its bots can’t scan for the stand-outs with impeccable instincts.
Its algorithms don’t catch the respect and reverence that their colleagues have for the quiet leaders that don’t have to flex.
But as a Realtor who admires them, and pays attention, I do.
Why not give it a try. My service is free to you, and It’s guaranteed. And in addition to the money you’ll save (you’ll receive a 10% discount on your real estate services fees with every Moving to BC referral- that’s an average of $2,300!!)
So where do you want to move in BC? Put Realtor Referral and your destination and ideal timeframe in the subject line below and I’ll get back to you right away with a great choice to help you find your new BC home.