Thursday 14 November 2019

A Typical Real Estate Day with BCO

When we try to explain to people, especially colleagues, what a typical BCO day is like, we often find ourselves at a loss to convey just how different our days are - even though we are selling real estate.

There are of course in-town real estate days where we tour with clients in the city or the small surrounding communities visiting houses for sale, or where we are listing a local residence. We love  Campbell River and very much enjoy being a part of this market. But then there are the other days, which are just as common and which are each so different. Some days it is driving all the way to the north end of the island to visit lakeside acreages at Alice Lake. Other days it is chartering a plane on the west coast to visit some remote properties with a buyer. And still other days it is getting in one of our boats to visit a coastal property on an island or even the on the central coast mainland.

Take the day last week as an example: it started with getting in the boat before the sun came up and heading north up to Johnstone Strait and into the islands off the coast of north-eastern Vancouver Island. We arrived at the property we were viewing for a potential listing with our gear in hand - gear that included tape measures, clipboards, cameras, bagged lunches and a rifle. Yup, a rifle. The owner had warned us that a grizzly bear was hanging out on the property near the dock, and we needed to be prepared for it. So Shelley had her rifle on her shoulder the entire time we were on the grounds.

We didn't see the grizzly, but we certainly saw evidence of it being there in the dug up ground (at this time of year they are hunting for grubs and roots, anything to add to the fat layers for winter). The caretaker and neighbouring property owner also told us of the bear.

After working on the property - taking photos, taking measurements, writing lots of notes - we left a sign behind (because making a repeat trip to put up a sign if and when we list the property is not an efficient use of time when the property is this far). After a bit more reconnaissance of the area we then boated back, arriving home in Campbell River on the boat around sunset.

We call this a "typical" BCO day, because any given day can find us out there at properties like this. We know that it is different to what anyone else does and certainly isn't what people think of when we tell them we are a real estate team. It is the very thing we love most about this job we have chosen and created for ourselves - the diversity and challenge of the properties we serve.

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