The business of real estate can be a minefield for an inexperienced buyer or seller. Fluctuations in the economy, development, and changes to the community can cause shifts in the market. Updates to laws and rules can make the paperwork difficult to navigate for the average person.
“A friend of mine’s son recently bought a house and found out the attic was infested with bats. They called me and asked me if there was anything he could do,” said Terry Hoda, a licensed RE/MAX Real Estate Agent based in Prince Albert, SK. “If I’d been involved earlier, I could have helped. I’m here to do the homework on a property for the buyer so they don’t get caught in these negative situations.”
Hoda’s checklist includes a Property Conditions Disclosure Statement (PCDS). “A PCDS should be requested by prospective buyers. It could have helped in the bat situation,” explained Hoda. “People also might not know that there are 14 different types of home inspections that I can arrange for clients in the area.”
Hoda helped Alex Neubuhr, 23, and Bradley Campbell handle the purchase of their first home. “Terry made us feel very comfortable and made himself available to us whenever we needed. He went to the same house with us a number of times and got us in when my parents wanted to view it. He was also there for the home inspection,” said Neubuhr.
She felt Hoda looked out for their best interests throughout the entire process. “He didn’t forget about us once the deal was done,” she added.
Hoda works evenings, weekends, or whenever clients need him. “I was a farmer for several years, so I’m used to odd hours. I don’t stop working until a job is done,” he said.
Hoda has honed his negotiation skills thanks to buying countless pieces of farming equipment over the years. “Knowing how to work amicably with people has helped me put together deals. It’s a skill that achieves results for my clients,” he said. “Buying and selling can be an emotional process for people. With every deal…I steak my reputation on providing sound advice and knowledge about the local market.”
As a RE/MAX agent, Hoda’s listing appear on 23 different websites and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). “RE/MAX is the top real estate agency in the world. It gives you exposure like no other,” said Hoda.
He shares tried and true methods of selling with people who list their property with him. He lends advice on how to improve curb appeal and when to hold off on renovations.
“One method I use to help clients determine a listing price is a market comparison,” he explained. “I’m interested in getting the best price for the seller as its often one of their biggest assets. At the same time, I don’t provide any false hopes about house values. A property has to be priced in accordance with an appraisal value. Many home buyers today must use banks to secure mortgages to pay for their home. If a property is overpriced, the deal often falls through because the lending institution doesn’t agree with its value.”
Hoda goes the extra mile, literally, for his clients and will drive several hours from Prince Albert to make sure he’s there in person to show or list homes. He’s listed or sold properties in Prince Albert, La Ronge, Cumberland House, Candle Lake, and Warman to name a few. He says some of his most rewarding work who has been with couples like Neubuhr and Campbell. “It’s great to see clients happy. It makes me feel good to know I’ve helped get people into a place they’re content with and feel proud to call home.”
“It’s great to see clients happy. It makes me feel good to know I’ve helped get people into a place they’re content with and feel proud to call home.”
These days, a recent ad campaign had Hoda smirking. He agreed the slogan is true to his character. It read: “Hoda’s like Yoda…and sell your home, I will.”
Hoda beamed, “Even though it pokes a bit of fun at me…it’s true. That’s my commitment.”
Terry Hoda has lived in the Prince Albert area all his life. He’s married to Bev and has three grown children. When not a work, Terry likes to have dinner and a movie with Bev, fish, golf, and watch sports.
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