And if your friend happens to be a real estate agent … well, you are clearly in luck when it comes to navigating the buoyant property market.
That’s because Squamish Realtor Ashley Davis considers creating relationships with her clients as important as it is planting that “sold” sign on the front lawn of your new home.
“The majority of my clients are referrals,” Davis says. “I don’t usually do a lot of marketing. I prefer to work with my clients who come my way based on the previous relationships I have made with other clients.”
The fact most of her contacts are referred speaks volumes about her service in an ultra-competitive market where getting the right Realtor to work hard to meet your needs, while staying within your means is vital.
“I sincerely care about what my clients are getting themselves into, and I am not afraid to tell them if it’s not a wise investment, even though they may have fallen in love with a property,” Davis says. “I am always there to say look in another direction if things are not right, even if it means giving up an easy sale.
“I would never want to get someone in a position where they haven’t gained any real growth in value in their home.”
Davis adds she is very much on the investment potential side when it comes to choosing a home.
“Real estate is the best investment you can make,” she says. “It doesn’t take much to get involved in the market, especially with rates as low as they are now, and if you can do it at a young age, you have plenty of time to build up your value.”
Davis should know.
She was just 17 when she was determined to buy her first property, and even approached a bank for a mortgage.
But even when she learned she was too young to sign for one, Davis remained determined and eventually got her first property at 19.
“Any time that you think you can get into the market, you should do it,” Davis says. “It is always beneficial.”
And she decided from early on that becoming a Realtor was her calling.
“My parents always assumed I’d be a doctor or lawyer,” Davis says. “But I thought that I could help people in other, often less stressful, ways by finding them a home that can also be an important and powerful wealth building asset for them and their family.”