A bird in a tree

 

A BIRD IN A TREE IS NOT AFRAID OF THE BRANCH BREAKING, BECAUSE HIS TRUST IS NOT IN THE BRANCH, BUT IN ITS WINGS!

There are days when it just feels like the floor is going to cave in under your very feet!

Fear can speak its voice into every occasion! We must stop believing in the power of our environment, the weakness of our circumstances and the challenges we walk alongside of, and look for our competitive advantages!

The bird can fly!

Can you adapt?

Can you be a quick problem solver?

Can you search for better ways to accomplish results?

What makes you win the race? Endurance?

Your ability to inspire? Your good name?

What comes natural to you?

It’s in a bird to fly!

You are created with unique abilities and when you apply what comes natural, you too will not be shaken up when the ground moves.

STOP looking at what could happen.

Start trusting your intuition.

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate

Competing offers on Rural Acreage?

Supply and demand has always dictated market value. As a Rural REALTOR, I am aware that there are many people searching for that perfect acreage! However, it is rare to find acreage near the city! Some are choosing commute an hour from work just to live their dream, which usually includes pets and animals. It is no surprise then, that when 80 acres comes on the market ten to fifteen minutes from Steinbach, that there are many buyers! In a week’s time, I had competing offers! The accepted offer was subject to the sale of a house which did not sell within the time frame agreed upon. As soon as the first accepted offer collapsed, we again had competing offers! That’s right! Two times on the same property!  Yesterday, we removed all conditions and the property is officially sold! It is a pleasure to drive down dirt roads, listen to the birds chirping, and helping people find their piece on earth!

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The most overlooked room in the house

imageWomen appreciate luxury the most in the bathroom!

We like to feel feminine and pampered. Countless dollars are spent by women on spa treatments and bath products in effort to feel indulged.

Next time you build a house, consider using more space for the ensuite. Having a sexy getaway in your own home may bring some holiday spirit into your regular Homelife!

Can you imagine sitting in this tub and feeling the hot water flowing down over your shoulders?

Add a chandelier to the bathroom and feel like a queen!

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate

How I got Fired

True story. Many details have been left out!

I was working for a seller who was out of province. The house they had for sale had no one living in it. They did however have the house partially staged with their own items and had left behind some things with sentimental value as well.

When I took the listing, I put up a secure lock box so that no one but a REALTOR would be able to access the lockbox. As a matter of fact, I can scan that lockbox and see who the last ten agents were that showed the property. All agents that show a listing must first schedule an appointment through the listing agent. I am very opposed to lockboxes where one can turn numbers like on a bike chain. They seem unsafe to me. I have gone to showings where those lockboxes have not had the numbers scrambled and anyone could have had access to the keys! My fear is that a buyer would be able to watch and see what the code is and return to get the key at a later time. (If your house is listed and the agent has put up an unsecured lockbox, ask them to exchange it with a secure lockbox. If your agent is asking you to leave the door open for a showing, please ask them to put up a secure lock box! It is the responsibility of a listing agent to make the key accessible for other agents and keep it safe. To leave the door open is irresponsible and puts the property at risk!) This property had a double detached garage which was locked by a padlock. The key to the padlock was inside of the house.

On with my story: One day, I had an agent call to schedule a showing. I had driven by the property just a few days before and saw that the driveway was covered in deep snow. I asked the seller to have someone clear the drive for the showing and postponed the showing for the following week. The driveway was never cleared. The agent that showed the property trampled through the deep snow to show the house. After the showing, he called me to notify me that there had been vandalism at the property. The padlock on the garage had been cut with a tool and the shop had the Doorway tampered with as well! I immediately called the seller and let them know!

Nineteen days later, I got a call from the seller. They were livid! They informed me that something had been stolen from inside the house! Of course, the item that was stolen had a huge sentimental value for personal reasons. I still cannot comprehend how anyone can have so little regard for the property of another person! It is shameful to take something from someone else!

What I heard next, was a probable theory from the perspective of the seller. Their theory was that an agent had booked a showing, and that the person who had seen the house had opened the front door lock so that they could return later and steal the item. They demanded to know who the last agent was that showed the house. I spoke with the last agent who showed the house and the item(which was very large and noticeable) was not in the house when he showed it. I let them know that the last agent to show the house before the theft, had been ME. I was then told that they expected me, and my insurance, to reimburse them for their loss as they thought it was my fault that the item was stolen.  My thought was, I am not Jesus. I am not required to pay for the sins of a thief!  I didn’t say that, but it is what I was thinking!

I had two showing requests by two other agents that had buyers for the property in the week that followed. I called the seller to ask if they wanted me to allow the showings. I also suggested that they should have the RCMP do an investigation.  I was told that I could not allow the showings and that they were done with me! I was informed that they would be transferring the listing to another agent. Once again, I was being addressed about getting them money.  The listing was transferred. I let the new agent know that there were two agents with buyers waiting to show the property.  Sometimes, when there are several interested parties, there are competing offers and the seller gets more money. I was told by one of those agents, that they had not been allowed to show the property because there was already an accepted offer on it.  Indeed, one of the agents who requested a showing while the listing was with me, had written an offer that was accepted. I lost that paycheck of course and the countless dollars I spent marketing the property.

So, that’s how I got fired! I was accused of being responsible for a theft that happened on one of my listings! I was let go by a seller, not by my broker.

It is known by the locals, that there has been a group of people who have been taking advantage of vacant properties to have a place to party. They are targeting vacation homes and vacant homes.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOUR PROPERTY VACANT:

1.  Find out from your insurance how often you need someone to check up on your house in your absence, in order for your insurance to be valid. Then arrange for someone to check up regularly. You may want to consider getting someone to house sit.

2.  Arrange for someone to clear your driveway and leave tire tracks in the snow or have the lawn mowed regularly.  An unkept yard is like an invitation for a thief!

3.   Remove heirlooms and valuables into safekeeping.

IF YOU EVER GET YOUR HOUSE BROKEN IN TO:

1.  Call the RCMP and let them investigate!

2.  Do not tamper with the evidence. Do not clean up until the RCMP have done an inspection! If you clean up the evidence it may be construed as interfering in a crime scene. I was told by someone who is involved in insurance that when evidence is tampered with, the insurance company could possibly charge the victim with fraud.

3.  Let your neighbours know that you are gone and tell them what kind of vehicle will be coming to to the property to check on it. Ask them to watch for suspicious behaviour.

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny

Competition

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Since my childhood, I have always enjoyed competition. Competition is motivating, one way or another.  Competition makes us set goals to achieve.

I grew up with brothers and I wanted to throw a baseball, catch, and skate like they did. In the process of practicing catch or skating, we built deep relationships.  Competition is engaging!

My mom may have beat me at every rummy game we played, but it was sweet to win a round along the way! Competition can either get you playing your best game or cause you to become destructive!

It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is not easy to win someone!

What is your motivation? Are to trying to beat the competition? OR, Are you trying to win business?

The stories I could tell to confirm my point are unending. It is shameful, the extent people go through to defeat the competition!  Regularly, I am told of experiences that are simply wrong. At the end of the day, what you take from others by your manipulative craftiness, will not be as rewarding as the relationships that can be built.

Someone who has earned business by their quality of service, will have repeat clientele and referrals.

Someone who is a bully, will also earn a reputation.

I am committed to excellence. I work for my sellers and buyers and watch them achieve their goals! I see myself as a facilitator. By genuinely caring for people, it is natural to have their best interest at heart.

I want to love my life and feel good about myself at the end of the day!

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny

What do you mean my power of attorney won’t be enough???

My buyer was so excited to finally find the location and the size of yard, within their budget, that she had been needing, after more than a year of searching! I cannot tell you the hoops she had to jump through to finally put in the offer, have the offer accepted and then to remove all of the conditions necessary to close the deal! I got to see the reaction of joy that makes my career fulfilling! All the paperwork was delivered to the lawyers office.

Then it happened. We received notification that the seller’s lawyer could not close the deal. The other agent let me know that although he had seen the power of attorney papers, the seller was not in a legal  position as a power of attorney to sell the house on behalf of his mother who was ill with dementia. To make matters worse, the mother,  who was the owner of the house, was hospitalized due to the stress of the move to come. She was still grieving the loss of her husband and saying good bye to their place of residence was just too much!

What was my buyer to do? She had given notice in her rental. She had let the school know that her son was transferring schools because he was already enrolled in another school! This woman was organized and had given notification of address change in most places.

The complications in this deal were immense and I cannot tell you details. To summarize the outcome I will say this: In the end, the deal went through and the buyer got to move into the house! Yes, it had a LOT to do with the fact that they had a relationally motivated agent like me working on their behalf!

Here’s what I want you to know!

There are two kinds of power of attorney.

1.  Power of attorney for property: This document authorizes the named person to act on your behalf with respect to your property.

2.  Power of attorney for personal care: This designates someone to act on your behalf in matters of personal health care.

Here is what the seller’s son (power of attorney) wanted me to tell others:

Tell people not to wait till they are incompetent to sell. Tell elderly and sick people to sell when they can still choose what to pack. This family had to pack up an entire household the same way you would if the parent had died. They felt as though they were forced to grieve before their time. A part of them felt as though they were violating their mother!  Also, tell people to have an ALL INCLUSIVE power of attorney drawn up BY A LAWYER so that the power of attorney can do the job that the parent had intended them to.

Tina Plett says, “THERE ARE OPTIONS!”  If you have a parent that does not want to move, before you pressure them to sell, I may be able to offer them some creative options! Perhaps we can get a government grant for improvements up to $3,500 so that the house can be modified to universal design standards which will make it safe to age in place. Or, perhaps we can have an investor purchase the home at market value and allow your parent to live in the home as a tenant. The advantage to this is that they can free up some finances for living costs, avoid the house going to probate in the future, and you will have less complications dealing with an estate. Before you or your parent make decisions, consider a free consultation with me a few years in advance to discuss some options. I may be able to help you address subjects that are not easily discussed. I am trained as a senior real estate specialist and am skilled at communicating with mature people. Lawyers and financial planners should be involved in educating seniors in making wise decisions for the inheritance they are leaving behind. Perhaps, if they could take the time to talk to me, I may be able to caution them and direct them to safe places for consultations.

This experience I just shared with you has had a profound impact on how I do business with seniors! Since then, I met a woman whose son wants her to sell. She is not well and believes that the stress of moving would kill her! I believe she may be right. I assisted her by helping her son understand her condition. No pay check for Tina, but I know that I had her best interests at heart. This last week, I got called to a home of seniors who said they had no choice but to list their house and sell because their daughter insisted! That is elder abuse! That is not a pay check I want to take home and be responsible for! I made them aware that the house could not legally sell without their signatures. No listing for me. On the other hand, I still get calls from a grateful senior widowed woman, thanking me for how I served her when I sold her home. She was overwhelmed about what to do with her deceased husband’s tools. I connected her with an auctioneer who not only paid her for an agreed amount, but also came and loaded all the items she didn’t know what to do with and removed them from the premises! My payment for that was having a very satisfied client and a cheque after the house sold! Mature people deserve to be treated with respect and need a relationally motivated agent working on their Behalf. Having a transactionally motivated listing agent will get their home sold, but they may be hurt in the process.

Please share this message with anyone that you may be concerned about who may be selling in the next five years. Thank you!

Tina Plett,

Sutton Group-Kilkenny