How Does a Realtor Help with Your Property Search?
Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert from Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here with award winning, best in Vancouver, Realtor, Mr. Paul Toffoli. How are you today Paul?
Paul: I well Mark, having a great day.
Mark: Awesome, so we’ve recovered from our power outage here and we’re going to talk about how does a Realtor help with your property search? How does that work?
Paul: Sure, and I think that’s one of the main jobs of a Realtor, is to help their clients find properties that may be of interest to them. One of the things that we know is now with all the technologies and the internet and so many people are so tech savvy and able to do searches on their own. People can find properties on their own; it’s not magic like it used to be to find properties. What I find, my clients tell me, is that having someone like myself help them through the process really increases their efficiency so, I’ve been through it, this is what I do full time as my profession, is I help people buy and sell properties, so there’s lots of things that I can do to just make it more efficient. Sending them properties that I know will be better for them than others, or if there’s questions on properties, I’m kind of a one stop shop , I can get the answers for them.
One of the things my clients really appreciate is that, if we’re going to go look at a number of properties, we just set a time up together, I make all the phone calls, I set up all the appointments, we say we’re going to meet at property A at such and such a time and we’re going to be together til a couple hours later and it’s just a very efficient process, they don’t have to make a hundred phone calls or ten phone calls and listen to the voice mails and so forth. So it’s just become a much more efficient process and also as we’ve talked about quite a bit on other Google Hangouts, there’s going to be questions, there’s going to be all those things with contracts and so forth so part of it is building that relationship over the course of looking for properties and I have a better understanding of what my client is looking for and they can ask me all the questions that are going to give them a comfort level when it comes time to actually put in an offer and get really serious about buying property.
Mark: So, my experience, when we bought our last house was we sort of worked in concert. Our Realtor found houses and we looked and we were able to help him refine what it was we were looking for because we were looking at the same time, so we worked as a team but also I found that often, we would get distracted by perhaps stuff that was not in our target range, maybe a little too expensive and too nice and wouldn’t it be nice, where that’s where I found a Realtor was very focused on finding what would really fit us.
Paul: And that’s a fact, look it’s really fun to go and look at properties, it can be really fun. I enjoy it and it can be fun to go see some stuff that maybe not be quite what you started out looking for and sometimes your ideas will change over the course of the process but having somebody who’s been through it, who’s a sounding board, who you can talk to about each property as they come up really I think helps refine the process and again, we’re busy people, as I said we can all look on line and see properties and think that might be a good one but the fact that I’ve seen so many and know the right questions to ask both of my clients and of the listing agent or the other Realtor who may be presenting the property really helps us to save a great deal of time and energy and makes it a much more efficient process.
Mark: Experience pays off, basically.
Paul: Experience pays off and I think one of the other big factors is when we’re walking through a property and my clients have questions about, can we renovate, can we update, what about the wiring, what about the plumbing, guess what, they don’t have to ask those questions because I’m already asking them for them before we get into the house. I’m pointing out areas of concern or areas of benefit and that’s really one of the biggest things because this is what I do because I’ve done so much of it myself and for my clients. They really appreciate having that instantaneous feedback so that they’re not going home scratching their head and coming up with questions later that, oh, we’ve got to go back and ask the listing agent or whatever, it becomes a much more efficient and enjoyable process.
Mark: Awesome. Thanks Paul. So we’ve been talking with the champ, the current holder of the best in Vancouver, voted by the readers of the Georgia Straight. Mr. Paul Toffoli, best Realtor in Vancouver. Thanks a lot Paul.
Paul: Thanks Mark.