By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Two Filipino real estate agents painted a rosy picture of the country’s uptrend in real estate, citing that it stands on solid ground.
Top agents in Hawaii and New York, Maria Valenzuela and Edwin Josue, in an interview over Issues & Inspiration digital talk show, were one in saying that unlike the 2009 housing crash, the vibrant markets during the pandemic were market-led while inventory has remained low.
The 2009 housing bubble was brought about by banks providing housing loans without collateral and credit investigation which eventually led to the crash. Valenzuela and Josue were guests of Issues & Inspiration on August 27, 2021 who elaborated on Real Estate Trends during the pandemic. The show is hosted by Marivir Montebon and Grace Labaguis.
According to Valenzuela of the Coldwell group, real estate buyers these days have liquid funds to begin with. Josue of the Brown Harris group encouraged the public to buy property these days as they have been priced low than in the previous years.
Valenzuela and Josue are respected and multi-awarded agents for property sales and rentals. Valenzuela said that honesty is key maintaining good business and relationship with clients. “Oahu is too small a place and your reputation precedes you.”
Josue for his part said that taking care of clients even after business has been closed is important. “In this business, the way you take care of clients makes you become part of their family. Referrals grow. It is just amazing.” Valenzuela has been in the business for more than 20 years while Josue over 35 years.#