Welcome to Bryant Realty’s Blog Interview Series, an inside look at the incredible community of Bryant Realty. Read on to learn about this week’s guest, and Bryant Realty’s Agent, Paul MacNutt M.Ed + REALTOR®.
Who is the living person you most admire? My children…all 3 of them are incredible humans. It’s been both a challenge and a joy watching them find their way. They have all found their way by paying attention to what they really wanted and making tough decisions. They inspire me.
How long have you been in Real Estate? I am approaching my 10th year as a Realtor. I got intrigued by real estate when I moved here in 1976. I just finished building a house with my family in Saint John and at that time when I got to Nova Scotia and saw all the wonderful rental properties I was instantly hooked. I started buying real estate when I was 20 and when I entered the restaurant business in my mid 20’s I had the opportunity (throughout my restaurant career) to renovate and build new many foodservice projects.
I then started doing small real estate projects along with running my restaurant. I would renovate a home or build a new one every couple of years.
How do you measure success? Time off, cash flow, and quality relationships with people around me. Ageing well and staying fit/healthy is important to me.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy cooking, staying fit, learning, and Real Estate!
What’s your educational background? I studied commerce at Saint Marys University when I first arrived here, took some time off in between and started a forestry program at the University of New Brunswick. I then had an opportunity to learn the restaurant business so I ran back to Halifax and worked in the foodservice industry as a manager and owner for 27 years.
When I sold my restaurant I decided to pursue a career as a realtor, landlord, property manager and property developer. I am currently a full-time realtor, own rental property, manage the property for others, and do small development projects.
During my last 10 years in the restaurant business, I tidied up my commerce studies and then did a masters of education at MSVU in Educational Psychology with the intention of becoming a counsellor at some point. Now I consider myself a real estate therapist, mixing the best of both worlds into my current position.
What advice would you give to a homeowner looking to prepare their home before bringing it to market? Stage it! Staging is not just about prettying your house up. Staging is about packaging your whole home for today’s finicky market. We have all heard the old adage…’You only get one chance to make a good first impression’. This has never been more true and fitting than for our HRM real estate market. Why? Because people are shopping with their eyes online…so you have to have great pictures…not good pictures…great pictures! From the top of your home to bottom I coach my clients how to get ready for the market. My favourite saying is… ‘you know your moving…so start packing’. Packing has to be done before you move to make it part of your staging process…throw stuff out you no longer use, recycle useful things you no longer need, box up your personal possessions, pack up your seasonal clothes and move things to one area of your home or better still rent a small storage space and move these things out. Making room in your home helps to de-personalize your home so the prospective buyer can imagine themselves here. It also makes your home feel bigger when your closets and storage areas and basements are not jam-packed.
Make a list of your deferred maintenance. If you’re like most of us you have a handful of items that you have been putting off fixing or repairing. As part of getting you ready to go to market, I will walk around your home with you and itemize fixes that you should address beforehand. The less deferred maintenance a potential buyer encounters walking through your home the better.
My second favourite saying…’painting is your cheapest date’. Once you have decluttered and packed your possessions up a fresh coat of paint can be a good investment to showcase your home. Fresh paint brightens up your rooms and neutralizes your home so it appeals to a broader market.
What is your favourite local business? Java Blend Coffee, but all the small shops and foodservice operations really excite me too. I am always amazed by the energy these operators put into their businesses.
What’s your motto to life? My secret motto is probably…just begin. You can always figure out the details as you go. You don’t need to have all the answers you just need to know where to get them.
Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life? Setting the Table, the Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer, has been an inspirational philosophical read for me.