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I have sold a property at 408 1188 CARDERO ST in Vancouver.
Enjoy vaulted ceilings, skylights and penthouse-like privacy in this beautiful, bright, top floor corner suite near English Bay and Stanley Park. Sit back and relax on your large covered balcony overlooking a tranquil, beautifully landscaped courtyard. Designer-inspired renovations including new flooring, kitchen updates, paint, light fixtures and appliances make this home move-in ready. The oversized dual-entry bathroom is convenient for you and your guests. Open-air hallways invite you to step outside your front door and enjoy all that the West End has to offer: beaches, restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Major grocery, pharmacy, electronics and transit are nearby. Excellent maintenance record. Priced to sell. PUBLIC OPENS: Saturday/Sunday June 23rd/24th, 2-4 PM.
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Please visit our Open House at 6233 ONTARIO ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$350,000 renovation! Asking $150,000 under city assessed value! Own a gorgeous, completely renovated 6-bedroom family home in Vancouver West! Quality & sophistication in every room. Bamboo flooring, Valour gas fireplaces, granite & marble counters, recessed lighting throughout, an open floor plan & loads of natural light make this home stand out. Outdoor life is a joy with a new deck & covered patio plus room for kids to play. Close to great elementary school with YMCA after-school care, Langara College, Oakridge Mall & Canada Line. A legal 2 bdrm plus den basement suite can be rented for $1,550 per month or use it for an in-law suite. All renovations were completed with city permits and engineering certifications.
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I have sold a property at 507 1288 MARINASIDE CREST in Vancouver.
This is it! Prime, unobstructed waterfront unit at the prestigious Crestmark located in the heart of Yaletown. Steps to Urban Fare, David Lam Park, Elsie Roy Elementary & fabulous resturants. Well laid out 3 bed & den, 2 1/2 bathrooms w/9'ceilings throughout right on the seawall at the waters edge overlooking False Creek w/ amazing east, west & southern views. Enjoy the sunshine all day long w/ your incredible flr to ceiling windows & outdoor deck across the entire south side of the suite. Open floor plan w/ entertainment sized LR & DR.Offers the luxury of true indoor/outdoor living. Plenty of in-suite storage, 2 parking & separate locker. Fabulous, rare suite in full amenity building w/ concierge, gym, indoor pool & hot tub.
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Recently I attended a course through the Real Estate Board that educated Realtors on the importance of resolving conflicts and arriving at a Win/Win outcome. Now, this is something I feel that I do well, and have been practicing this art since I was a boy observing my Father in action as a Developer. Still, I found the course very useful because it articulated what many of us know intuitively, and by doing so, allows me to practice negotiation more purposefully. Here is what I took away from the course.

First of all – What is conflict? Conflict may be described as:

The actual or perceived opposition of needs, values, wishes, or perceptions resulting in stress or tension.

Of course, conflict can be either personal or interpersonal. This article will focus only on interpersonal conflict. For personal conflict, you may prefer seeing a Psychologist over a Realtor!

1) Most conflict is ego based. Ego based conflict results from individual values, personal prejudices and cultural influences. These types of conflict also happen when we misinterpret each other’s behaviour or vocabulary.

2) Some conflict is situational. This stems from differing needs and expectations. For example, when a seller is willing to accept $1,000,000 for a home and a buyer can only afford $900,000. Here we have a situational conflict of $100,000.

A Realtor’s job is to minimize ego-based conflict and overcome situational conflict through awareness.

Next, the course articulated the five general ways in which people approach conflict:

1) Treat the conflict like a competition. Some people need to “win” at all costs and may display pushy or threatening behaviour. Usually, personal relationships are damaged along the way.

2) Avoid the conflict all together. Some folks shy away from conflict altogether. This leaves issues unresolved, and will not lead to a negotiated solution!

3) Accommodate and put the relationship before the issue. People who take this approach are usually seen as weak-kneed and lacking confidence.

4) Compromise. On the surface, this may seem like the ideal way to resolve conflict, but it almost always leaves both parties feeling like they have given in to the other.

5) Collaboration. This is the best way to resolve a conflict. This style of conflict resolution is hard on the problem and soft on the people.

Recognizing these situations will help you identify better solutions. Here are some of my techniques learned from years of working as a developer and Realtor:

1) Understand your own triggers and know that you have a choice of how to respond to a situation. Never simply react.

2) Practice active listening by questioning, paraphrasing and clarifying an existing point of contention. You can also be more empathetic and encourage the other party to give you more information.

3) Practice non-defensive communication by using “I” statements instead of “you”. In other words, instead of stating, “You insulted me,” say, “I feel hurt by that comment.”

4) Whenever possible communicate in person. Context is lost through e-mail, text and even phone conversations. Remember that most communication is “non-verbal” and expressed through body language.

5) Seek to understand. Understand the person as well as the problem in as much detail as possible before trying to come up with a solution.

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Please visit our Open House at 408 1188 CARDERO ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, July 1, 2012 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Enjoy vaulted ceilings, skylights and penthouse-like privacy in this beautiful, bright, top floor corner suite near English Bay and Stanley Park. Sit back and relax on your large covered balcony overlooking a tranquil, beautifully landscaped courtyard. Designer-inspired renovations including new flooring, kitchen updates, paint, light fixtures and appliances make this home move-in ready. The oversized dual-entry bathroom is convenient for you and your guests. Open-air hallways invite you to step outside your front door and enjoy all that the West End has to offer: beaches, restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Major grocery, pharmacy, electronics and transit are nearby. Excellent maintenance record. Priced to sell. PUBLIC OPENS: Saturday/Sunday June 23rd/24th, 2-4 PM.
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