Thank You - Client Appreciation Event September 2010   

Hi Paul,

It is amazing to think summer has come and gone, but what great weather we have had on the Island.  We certainly hope that you took time to enjoy the summer.

We would like to start fall off with a thank you to all for being a part of our business over the years - whether direct clients or referring clients.  Thank You and you are all invited to our Client Appreciation event and the opportunity to learn some of the history of Parksville and area.

Client Appreciation Event 
Sunday, Oct. 3rd from 2 - 5 pm
Craig Heritage Park Museum
Please do come & join us

Come stop by and say hello, learn some history as you wander the grounds and buildings while you can enjoy some refreshments and nibblies.  There will be a short presentation by the Museum at 2:30 & 4:00.  Drop in for a few minutes or stay the entire time.  We would be pleased to see you.  Don't hesitate to bring any friends or relatives.

RSVP to or 250-468-1498, if you can - but do feel free to drop by either way as we would love to see you.

Thanks for checking out our newsletter.  Let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles or real estate in general -- we'd love to hear from you!

In this issue...
How to Have a Successful Open House & Prepare for Selling 
Having an open house is a lot of work so if you decide to do it, you’ll want to ensure it's a success.  Here are some tips that'll have your home looking its best on the big day (these are also applicable in preparing your home for the market):

  1. De-Clutter - Clearing out clutter makes your home appear much larger so prepack most personal items like photos and souvenirs.  Also, put away small appliances to increase your counter space.

  2. Deep Clean - Thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom.  Serious buyers will look everywhere including under the kitchen sink so make sure everything's neat and tidy.

  3. Lighten Up - Wash your windows and open up the drapes and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.  Turn on all the lights and put out some fresh flowers to brighten things up.

  4. Blooming Beautiful - Buyers are looking for a tranquil outdoor setting to relax in so cut the grass and pick up the kid's toys.  While you're at it, pull out some weeds and plant a few flowers.

  5. The Nose Knows - Baking just before an open house will leave a pleasant aroma that'll remind people they’re in a home.  You can even leave some out for your visitors!  Also a pan of water with vanilla or cinnamon on the stove works too!

  6. Seasonal Pics - If your open house occurs during the winter, showcase your garden by displaying some photos of what your yard looks like during the summer when it’s at its best.

  7. Don't Delay - There’s always a buzz when a new property hits the market so the faster you can get prepared for showings and your open house, the more traffic you'll generate.

The day of your open house should find your home sparkling!  Potential buyers need to envision themselves living in your home so in order to make them feel more comfortable, you and your pets should leave ahead of time so your real estate agent can focus on selling your home.

The Gift of the Gab 
Making conversation with people you don't know can be a bit uncomfortable but turning strangers into friends is easy if you know how.  Here are some helpful tips that'll have you chatting up a storm:

  1. Listen Up - Instead of worrying about how to respond, pay attention to what people say.  That way, you’ll be able to spot conversational cues to build upon.

  2. It’s In the Details - If you’ve met someone before, try to remember details such as vacation plans or their child’s sports tournament.

  3. Open Ended - Don't ask questions that elicit a yes or no response.  Instead of “Did you have a good weekend?” which elicits a yes/no response, ask “What did you do last weekend?”

  4. You Name It - When you’re introduced to someone, use their name right away (Nice to meet you Mike!) as people like to hear their name and you saying it out loud will help you remember it.

  5. Smile & Be Positive - Most individuals are drawn to positive people so stand up straight, smile and keep your conversation upbeat.  Don’t fill them in on your woes and grudges.

Making conversation is easy if you know how.  Instead of awkwardly fidgeting with your drink when you’re introduced to someone, just relax and try to find something in common with them.  Developing relationships with a variety of different people can be extremely rewarding!

Donít Cry Over Spilt Blood 
Have you ever had to throw away a piece of clothing because of a small blood stain?  If you don't have immediate access to a washing machine before the stain sets, there's another option to consider.

A simple and effective way to remove blood from fabric is to immediately dab some of your own saliva directly onto the stain.  Saliva contains certain digestive enzymes that help break down the proteins in blood.  This method isn't practical for large stains but if it's just a few drops, it should do the trick.

PS                           We would love to see you at our Client Appreciation

                                            Sunday, October 3rd from 2 - 5 pm
                                                      Craig Heritage Park Museum, Parksville
                                       (next to Parksville Visitor Centre - Hwy 19A & Northwest Bay Rd)

                                         RSVPs are appreciated at or 250-468-1498

Not meant to solicit clients already under contract.