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On Perks Of The Job

Every job has its perks, here’s one in real estate.

One of the true joys in my working life is when I get to work with people I know. As  REALTORS®, we are constantly promoting ourselves and our services, and are honoured to get the business of strangers who like what our marketing materials say. I am much more honoured when a close friend or relative seeks my professional advice and service in such a major, life-changing decision.

A friend that retains your services places in you a great deal of trust, as any client would. I would argue that the level of trust is even higher – that person is more vulnerable than an arms-length client since he or she knows you already and doesn’t want to jeopardize the relationship you have by – oh, I don’t know – firing/suing your ass if you screw up. They also trust you more than any other client and will always take what you say as the absolute truth – unless you’re in the habit of lying to your friends.

Recently, Jay and Seana, a couple I met shortly after relocating to the Island in 2005 decided to sell their Langford townhouse and move into a single family dwelling. Shameless plug: Jay, a photographer and graphic designer, and Seana, a professional writer, operate a graphic and web design firm, EdgeFlow Media. EdgeFlow has done web and print design packages for several real estate agents and developers, including Tuscany Village. Seana also works at Carmanah Technologies.

After guiding them through the quick sale of their townhouse, we set out to find them and their two Jack Russell Terriers a new home. After searching in Langford, Colwood, and View Royal, they fell in love with a beautiful, nearly new two-level home in Sooke! Despite not having read my blog post about 10 reasons to move to Sooke, they just couldn’t turn down the value in the housing out here. So now my friends are my neighbours, too!

Just one of the many reasons I love my job!

Tim Ayres