Today is Family Day here in New Brunswick... I'm sure that this year, it has an even more important ring to it considering what we have all been experiencing over the past 12 months!
Losing freedom to travel to visit our friends and loved ones is difficult. So when we do have those rare opportunities, if you're like me, you cherish those special moments even more.
When it comes to purchasing your new home or selling your existing one, it has brought an added level of challenge and anxiety for many and makes my job as a REALTOR® that much more important. Following Covid 19 protocols in showing properties has heightened caution and concern for many. So I make sure I always wear my mask when I enter a residence, as well as my clients and I have my spray bottle with alcohol in the car and wash my hands way more than I used to. Also, this past year has added a new level of buying without purchasers actually even being physically present! I strive to make sure I fully understand the needs and wishes of my clients when 'showing' them through a house via some electronic visual medium. So, the phone must always be charged! I have assisted clients as far away as British Columbia this year who have entrusted me with assisting them in purchasing their home. I consider this a privilege and grave responsibility. After all, this is such a major investment. I treat these evaluations as if it was one of my family members who was purchasing the home.
Sales prices have spiked over the last year as well and frankly, I do not see that slowing down. In the Saint John region, we have been undervalued for a long time and now, it appears that many buyers from outside the province have discovered that this is indeed a wonderful place to live! For many, selling their property and moving here allows them to uograde significantly... in some cases for much less than what they realized from the sale of their present property. Eastern Canada in general is now being viewed as a very desirable location! (We've know that for years... right?)
So... stay safe, give thanks for life's most precious treasures!