As we get to the Stanley Cup final we as Canadians are excited but also wondering what are going to do when it is over... We're not known to get overly excited about watching other sports on TV and many of us start counting down the days to the start of the next NHL season.
The real estate market in Spring is a lot like playoff hockey: In the first round of the playoffs there is lots to look at, so you keep looking ...
Then a few houses are sold or eliminated - but there are still some others out there so it's OK...
Then more are eliminated, and you are now waiting in anticipation to see what's out there; you start looking at properties that you normally didn't think you would (Kind of like watching Western Team playoffs...as we in the East Coast don't stay up late for those games during the regular season and we don't see much other than Leafs, Habs or Sens)
Then when it gets down to the finals - you watch intensely..make sure you don't miss a game...talk about it with everyone at work, your family and friends.
When you get real serious about your next real estate purchase, you make sure you are on top of the information, you look for advice.
Don't Leave Your Best Offer until Overtime
You realize that to get to that top prize, you have to get ready to make quick decisions that will result in your goal being obtained.
Although it's exciting to be watching overtime - knowing that it can be skill or luck that wins the game - you DON'T want this to happen in your negotiating if you are battling with another "team" for your home.
Enjoy the finals and even though my Montreal Canadiens were eliminated when Spring was a distant dream, I'm still watching.
Joel Ives is the owner/manager of Century 21 Colonial Realty Inc. in Charlottetown, PEI.