The Seller’s Motivations and What that Means for the Buyer

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Buying a Home in East Van

As your realtor, I want to view property with you – not only to give you information on the property/building/neighbourhood while it’s in front of you, but to also get a sense of your style and to size up the Seller and the Listing Realtor. Knowing who you could be dealing with in an offer situation can help lead to a successful transaction.

Why I Want to Know the Seller’s Motivations

Thanks to years of experience, I’ve gotten to know many other realtors working in the city. Often good relationships with other realtors can help secure deals and get things done quicker. Think about it – if I’m selling your home and we get two identical offers, one from a realtor I’m confident can close the deal on their end, and another from a realtor I don’t know, I’m more likely to suggest you accept the offer from the former. In a busy market and possibly a multiple offer situation, the offer with the highest bid will win almost every time. In any other market, where time is one your side, due diligence can come in handy.

Some things I’ll find out when you’re really interested in a property:

  • Why the Seller is Selling: The Listing realtor doesn’t have to tell us, but if the Seller is motivated, then we’ll at least know that and the Listing Realtor might slip a piece of information that could work to our advantage (i.e. the Sellers are getting a divorce and need to sell ASAP). You’ll often notice in Vancouver condos the presence of a crib in a den or bedroom (maybe even two kids beds!) – you wouldn’t even have to ask in that situation, they are moving because they need more room for their youngsters. Maybe the Seller have already bought and their closing date is fast approaching, and they’ll need to sell in order to finance the new purchase. This type of information comes in handy so you know what the Sellers motivation is and so you’ll have an idea of where to start the negotiations.
  • Building Issues: Does the condo building/unit/house needs extensive work that the Sellers don’t want to do themselves? Is a large condo building being development next door, that will block the amazing view you currently have now? Did the building just undergo a lot of renovation work and the Sellers waited until it was done and paid for to sell?
  • Investment Properties: Though a property doesn’t have to be disclosed as an “investment”, a Seller must disclose if the unit is being lived in by a tenant. You can find out what the investor is getting in rent, and maybe why they’re selling.

I’ll be able to tell you the history of the condos recently sold (or listed and not sold) in the building, or the number of times the home has been on the market and dropped their price. Just because a home has been sitting on the market for a long time doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong with it – there is just a lot more to the story (and maybe it just needs the right Buyer).

Sometimes the Listing Realtor will tell us that their client won’t listen to logic or comparable sales, they just want a certain number. Sometimes we’ll learn that the Seller can be convinced (with the right argument) to accept a deal that they initially may not have).

Sometimes you’ll learn that Sellers need to be pushed a few times before anything happens. We’ve approached Sellers who have closed the door on us multiple times saying they won’t even consider our offer – it’s not even close to what they want – then two weeks later we present a slightly higher offer than our original and they accept because they realize it’s the best they’ll get.

Realtors are required by law to disclose when they are selling their own home, so you’ll always know if you’re putting in an offer on a Realtors house, or if a Realtor wants to buy your house.

When I view properties with you, I’ll be making mental notes, and talking with the Listing Agent to get as much information as I can for your benefit.