So far this year 2011, 50% of Summerland MLS sales have been listed by: RE/MAX.

And RE/MAX has only 22% of the active listings.  RE/MAX has less than 1/4 of all listings in Summerland, but is responible for HALF THE SALES representing the sellers that found a buyer!

MESSAGE if you’re serious about selling in this market: RE/MAX sells!

For example, the firm that calls itself #1 in Summerland has half AGAIN as many listings as RE/MAX in total!  And they have found only (sorry, but its true) TWO buyers for all those listings so far this year!

There are 263 active listings in Summerland MLS.

And, when those guys tell you the market is so much better and going to get better this spring…so they can get MORE listings…well, you better tell them:

Sales so far this year are down 33% from last year, which was not a great year, now was it!

Seriously folks, things are different out there, it is tough, and the same talk just does not cut it anymore!  If you seriously want sold in this market, then meet with an experienced professional who can tell you the truth about this market rather than just say what they think you might want to hear.  Remember, it does you no service to dream about where a price might have been in 2007 or where it might be in 2014!  This is 2011!

Thank you for giving this a look, I hope the information and answers are as helpful to you as they have been to many others over the years.  Obviously, if you are taking this time to read through, you are seriously considering.  I understand it really is a tough one if you know “a friend” in the business, especially in a small town like ours.

Many people know more than one friend in the business, so it can be tough.

My advice is to remember that this is a SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLAR service contract.

You need to be sure you hire the best possible Agent, not just the friendliest, not the one whose Mom sits near your Uncle in church…see “the last thing you need”

You owe me nothing.  You owe yourself the opportunity to choose who you want.  This is probably the most expensive money asset you will ever own, and it is very important you understand your options clearly, professionally.

I am very pleased to make this sincere offer:  I will meet with you privately in total discretion to help you make a non pressured decision.  If you still choose to hire “your friend in the business”, I promise to not have hard feelings, and all I ask is that you pay me $75.00, a portion of which I will donate to the Children’s Miracle Network.  Sound fair?

Always remember you are welcome to check me out on facebook, and I am a text message or phone call away at my direct line cel 250 486 2529, and you could take just a minute to email me with any input, suggestions, or a real estate question.

Helping you find your best real estate answers in this market!

Patrick Murphy

Realtor, RE/MAX Orchard Country

10124 Main Street Summerland

By the way, did you know that last year, one Summerland seller sat unsold for358 days on the market (ok, not quite a full year!) with a well known Summerland Realtor.  The picture taken by that Realtor did not get updated or changed during that time.  The seller kept being told it was “just the market” the whole time by the Realtor.

The sellers finally got clear of that listing, called me and met with me privately.  I listed it, took fresh pictures, promoted the property as best I could, and within 60 or 70 days, we had an accepted offer and it is sold for over 92% of full price.

It is in your best interests that we talk if you seriously want sold in this market.

Sincerely, Patrick Murphy 250 486 2529

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