Thursday, February 24, 2011

When buyers ask: "Why are they selling?"

One of the most frequently asked question of my buyer clients or buyer customers is "why are they selling?". Most buyers don't realize that an agent is not permitted to disclose this without the seller's consent. It might sound negative, but the disclosing the reason may give a buyer clear indication of motivation. Knowledge of motivation could give a buyer reason to make a low offer. As a seller's agent, we are not permitted to disclose a seller's motivation.

That said, many times there is no negative reason why a seller decides to put their property on the market and often I am permitted to disclose why. Most often it's for simple reasons: after 10 years, they want to move onto something else; or they are ready to actually retire (this is just a pre-retirement JOB); they want to move closer to family with grandchildren; they have to care for their parents; or simply, they've done what they wanted to with the business and realize it's ready to be taken to the next level and that's best left to a new buyer. Most of the time the reasons aren't negative, though we realize that not disclosing might force a negative assumption on the part of the buyer. Naturally if there's a divorce, illness or financial reason, these are very personal and usually sellers do not want to disclose too much of their personal lives.

So, the next time you (buyers) don't get an answer that satisfies your question "why are they selling?", don't concern yourself too much with that, focus more on if it's a good business model, the shape the property is in and what you could do with it. This is when having a buyer broker with experience comes in very handy.

Monday, February 21, 2011 - Tourism Tip: Ride the Social Media Wave

Ah, something I've been talking about for quite some time, SOCIAL MEDIA for tourism business.

"Tourism-related businesses were encouraged Thursday at the Governor's Conference on Tourism to embrace social media as a way to reach customers, about two-thirds of whom rely on the Internet as a primary source for information when they plan trips." 

The question is, why wouldn't you participate in social media to help promote your business? It's not only common to see "Visit our Facebook Page" on a business website, but almost expected. It's a way for the consumer to engage with many of the business owners themselves, where they would not otherwise have the opportunity. On the other hand, it's a way for the business owner to not only target their marketing but to get direct feedback.

Read the full story from the Portland Press Herald

Bangor Daily News Reports 2010 Maine Tourism is up over 2009

Maine saw a strong tourist season last year compared with 2009, industry officials announced yesterday at the Maine Governor's Conference on Tourism. Read the full story 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rise and Shine for Your Valentine...Breakfast in Bed?

My afternoon in the Danforth Inn's kitchen with Meredith Goad, food writer for the Portland Press Herald was fun and delicious! My first video (photographers are usually behind the camera) seems a tad boring to me but I'll work on it for next time! The Danforth's kitchen seems home to me, it's one of Kim Swan's  (The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty) inns and the one where I hold the Art of Breakfast cooking workshops for Maine's Innkeeping Academy that Kim and I started a little over a year ago.

I love to show how combining simple ingredients in unique ways can elevate breakfast and add a touch of sophistication. 

Ah, The Art of Breakfast...

The menu? 
Champagne with St. Germain and Raspberries
Chocolate Ricotta Pancakes with Grand Marnier Maple Syrup

A kids version of the pancakes offers chocolate sauce, raspberry coulis and whipped cream!

Crepes stuffed with Ricotta, Parmesan and Asparagus topped with Maine Crab in Sherry Butter

Candied Bacon

Get the recipes in the article!