Editor’s note: The Invermere Valley Echo is pleased to welcome its newest columnist, valley Realtor Geoff Hill, to the roster.
Real estate is so easy! That’s why I got a job as a realtor. When my friends ask me what I’m doing today, I often answer, “I guess I’ll go see if there’s a paycheque on my desk, then go home.”
The answer generally gets a couple laughs and, believe me, it’s a lot less time-consuming that going through the myriad of tasks involved in my day-to-day. My dad always said, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you can’t laugh at others.”
All jokes aside, sometimes when my friends ask me what I’m doing, it’s more than a polite colloquialism, and they have legitimate questions about real estate. I get to put on my Super Realtor suit and give them the answers they need. General market condition questions are easy and normally receive as broad of a response as they deserve; however, other questions are tough and I will do some research to find the correct answer.
Not only will I answer questions from friends and clients, I’ll also answer readers’ questions about real estate here in this column. You don’t even have to visit a real estate office; you can just email me your questions and I’ll address them here!
Your question could be anything real estate-related. Maybe you’re wondering why one agent can show you any house you want to see or how a buyer’s agent gets paid. Perhaps a family member is having a real estate dilemma and you can’t convince his or her stubborn self to get help. Well, you’re in luck because for as long as Nicole, the editor, lets me be a part of the newspaper, I’m going to help you get answers in a fun way that helps us all learn a bit more about real estate.
Please send all questions to email@example.com with subject line “Real Estate is Easy.” Your question may get picked for a response in this column and wouldn’t that be fun?
Geoff Hill is a licensed Realtor with MaxWell Realty Invermere, holding a trading services licence since May 2008. Originating from West Vancouver, he came to the valley for the snow and stayed for the people and lifestyle. Geoff enjoys volunteering with the local fire department and roller derby team as well as playing roller derby and many other sports himself.