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Why You Shouldn’t Buy from the Listing Agent

I’ve got a serious myth to debunk.   That is, that many feel they don’t need a buyer’s agent because they think they can “get a better deal” by using the listing agent to purchase a property. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and here’s why:


3 Reasons Why You

Shouldn’t Buy From the Listing Agent

#1: We Represent the Seller. Strictly.

If I’m a listing agent, guess who I represent? The seller.  Strictly.  My job is only protecting the seller’s best interests.  That includes getting them the highest price possible for their property.  Plain and simple. You’re not getting any deals.


3 Reasons Why Every Home Buyer Needs a Realtor

#2: Commission.

When a Realtor and a Seller agree to a commission, it’s one gross commission.   The listing side, and the selling side. If another buyer agent sells the property, they get the selling side. But if you choose to be unrepresented then the listing agent gets the entire commission, as agreed from beginning.  The listing agent doesn’t get half because you aren’t using a Realtor, that’s NOT how it works.  They get the gross commission.  You’re not saving anything.  In fact, you’ll save more money using a Buyer’s agent who will be able to suggest inspections, negotiate findings and save you money in the long run.  So if anything, using a Buyer’s agent will be saving you the most money, not the listing agent.  

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#3: Clean the Kitchen Appliances

Using a buying agent ensures that YOUR best interests are taken care of, & when using a buying agent is basically free, as the seller pays for our commission, why wouldn’t you?

Dont Buy from the Listing Agent - 3 Reasons Every Home Buyer Needs a Realtor
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5 Tools Every Homeowner Needs

5 tools every homeowner needs Sean Carrie Real Estate Pemberton Holmes

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.

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BC Speculation Tax: What You Need to Know

BC Speculation Tax - Sean Carrie Real Estate

In case you haven’t heard already, British Columbia’s Finance minister Carole James of the NDP dropped bombs a few weeks ago during the budget announcement. A new “Speculation Tax” has been proposed and will be introduced later this year.   What is the BC speculation tax you may ask? How does the BC Speculation tax apply to homeownership in British Columbia?  Thoughtlessly, that’s how.   It’s as if they just came up with this tax “with the best intentions” but not thinking for more than 45 seconds on the topic.   

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Priority Tasks After Moving In

Priority Tasks After Moving In - Sean Carrie Real Estate Pemberton Holmes

Moving into a new home is certainly an exciting time!  After all that hard work, from the beginning of the search to the last moving box, you’re probably day-dreaming about decor, paint schemes & new furniture at this point. But before you get to the fun stuff there are some basics you should cover first.

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How to Bring a Little Hygge to Your Winter Season


Spring seems to taunt us over here on Vancouver Island.  We’re blessed with warm weather, then begrudgingly dig our winter coats quickly out of the closet only moments later.  We’re quite rudely reminded that it’s still January here in Victoria – the stormy season is still afoot here.

With the impending cold season still afoot, don’t resign yourself to cold and bland days before the spring.  

Breathe life into your remaining winter months by introducing a little hygge into your life. What is hygge you might ask? An expression used by the Danes, Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’)  roughly translated means the “art of intimacy (or coziness)”.

Living with hygge means to enjoy the good life with wonderful food and friends.  

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Basic Home Staging Tips

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After you’ve decided to list your home for sale, you’re probably looking to sell it for the highest price and as quickly as possible.  One tactic that can help achieve these two things is staging.  Isn’t staging just decorating? Well, not exactly… Staging is preparing your home for sale to allow a buyer to perceive your home as their future home.  Have you ever walked in to an open house, taken a look around at the personal clutter and furniture and decided on the spot that the house wasn’t for you?  Well what if it was, but you just couldn’t see past all the junk?  99% of buyers will feel the exact same way about your bowling trophy’s from 16 years ago.  It’s time to talk staging!
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the History of Pemberton Holmes

the History of Pemberton Holmes - LUXE Real Estate TEam

 In 1887 when Joseph Pemberton embarked on his new real estate business, he would never have guessed that his earnest business philosophy would inspire four additional generations to carry on in his foot steps and build one of the largest independently owned and operated real estate firms on Vancouver Island. 
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