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What I learned as a real estate VP selling my home

In real estate services, you get what you pay for
  • With real estate agents, you generally get what you pay for.
  • The process of achieving the successful sale of your home begins long before the home is actually listed.
  • Even in a hot market, good agents more than earn their commission by helping you achieve a higher relative sales price, and by de-stressing the whole process.

I’ve worked in the real estate business for almost a decade. While my firm (Macdonald Real Estate Group) is active in residential sales, we also have other divisions including commercial brokerage and leasing, project marketing (new homes and condos consulting), property management and our expanding presence in Mainland China (the topic of several past Inman articles). I’m a "corporate guy" and my job with the parent company mainly involves working with our leadership team to implement the CEO's vision for the overall operation. But I am surrounded by talk about the real estate market daily: prices, supply of condos or detached homes, buying and selling, etc. It had been almost a decade since I had gone through the listing, selling and moving process myself. My wife and I live in Kitsilano, on Vancouver’s Westside. We love our 99-Walkscore neighborhood, near the beach and beautiful parks, extensive shopping and amenities. However, we recently had our second child, and it...