Meet the Agent - Esther Young - Harbour Realty
This month for ‘Meet the Agent’ we interview Esther Young, Rental Manager, at Harbour Realty. Esther discusses her favourite aspect of being a real estate agent, some excellent tips when looking at potential new homes and favourite listings on the market right now.
How long have you been a real estate agent? I acquired my license in 2001, and began as a rental agent, working with both Finder’s Fee and Management properties. When I switched to a different company a few years later, I added sales to my portfolio. After having a hiatus for a few years to take care of children, I decided that I would like to start up again full time, although I did retain my license the entire time and had a few loyal clients with whom I worked continuously. I began with Harbour Realty Ltd. in 2015.
Why do you like working for Harbour Realty? I began working with Harbour Realty Ltd. last year and have found that I love the dynamics of working for a smaller company. I feel there is more flexibility in a smaller team, and as it is only the two of us that are here full time, we work together seamlessly. We are always fully aware of what is happening within the company and we can fill in for each other when needed. I have the privilege of working for someone who knows the Real Estate market in great depths, and has many years of experience. As we work together closely, there is an absolute understanding of each other’s strengths and I can learn first-hand from an expert!
What is the favorite part of your job? The satisfaction in finding the perfect home for either a single person or a large family! The excitement leading up to a purchase or a rental; the viewings of various properties on the market; the absolute joy on the faces of a new homeowner once the perfect fit has been found.
What is your favorite property on the market right now Definitely “Westcoast”. This amazing property is like none other on the market. It is currently utilized as a commercial building, but there are a complete set of plans to turn it into a spectacular residential building. Waterfront, walk on berths, breathtaking views, astonishing finishes, and the chance to design the building according to your own taste! It is private and the dramatic setting on the water will leave you impressed!
What property on the market right now, in your opinion, do you think is really good value? The best value right now is a building in the City of Hamilton. It on Brunswick street and offers a 9.5% return.
How do you see the Bermuda property market over the next 12 months? I see the property market picking up in the next year. With more confidence in the current economic climate, people are considering the purchase of homes and investing more in the property market.
What are your top 3 tips when looking a potential new home?
- Go to your bank, and obtain a letter of pre-approval. It is very important to have an understanding of how much you can afford, as it can be so disappointing to find a property that you love, only to then realize that it is outside of your price range.
- When looking at a house, look at the flow of the rooms. Will it suit your family? Don’t get stuck on how a home is furnished – look beyond that and envision yourself in the space. Make sure the light fall is how you like it, the rooms are set up to suit your family and your way of life.
- Make sure that it is in the right location for you and your family. Check out the neighbourhood – walk around and find out who else is living in the area.
What do you think of propertyskipper.com (we promise not to edit!)? I think it is a fantastic tool for people that are looking for homes to buy, sell, or rent. The fact that PS can upload listings directly from the Agents’ websites is fantastic as it is automatic. I like the fact that there is there is a monthly update on how many hits / views there are on particular properties.
Agent Contact Details:
Harbour Realty Ltd.
+1 441 504-0375