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The Advantage of Hiring a Bilingual Agent for Your Seattle Area Home Sale!

Seattle Mary Pong,

Increasing ethnic diversity

Many cities in the U.S. have increasingly diverse ethnic populations. For example, in the Seattle area, Asians now represent the 2nd largest ethnic group making up about 17% of the total population.

Part of the reason for the growing Asian population in the greater Seattle area in recent years is the large number of affluent Chinese who have moved here. 

Seattle is now the 2nd most popular place in the world for Chinese millionaires to relocate. That is why so many real estate transactions at higher price points often involve Chinese buyers or sellers in Seattle and especially on the Eastside.

A bilingual agent can optimize your sales success

If you are planning to sell a home in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, or many other Eastside communities in Seattle, hiring a bilingual Chinese-speaking agent can prove to be invaluable to your sales success. 

Increasing numbers of Seattle area home sellers who are not Asian are realizing the importance of being able to communicate effectively with potential Chinese buyers or their representatives. The reason is that a disproportionate number of multimillion-dollar real estate transactions in the greater Seattle area these days involve affluent Chinese buyers.

For example, Mary Pong, a highly successful Chinese-American real estate broker with more than 20 years of experience in the Seattle market, says, “While I do represent Chinese clientele, the vast majority of my clients are not Chinese. I’m often contacted by homeowners in affluent neighborhoods who recognize that potential buyers for their homes may be Asian. They realize it only makes sense to have representation with a fluent bilingual agent who can not only communicate more effectively with those potential buyers and their agents but also advise about cultural differences and ways to, potentially make their property more appealing to Asian cultures. 

For example, there are many Asian buyers who place importance on feng shui when considering a potential home to purchase. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art of arranging objects and space in an environment to enhance harmony and balance.

Negotiation communication is important with Asian buyers and their agents

Asian culture or ways of communicating can often be complex, with many layers that are somewhat foreign. A Western seller or their agent can often misinterpret something that is said or unintentionally offend an affluent Asian buyer or their agent without realizing it. 

Often Asian buyers may not be open to sharing their priorities, objections, budget, lifestyle preferences, personal feelings, etc. A bilingual agent can often communicate about those important factors more effectively in the native language of the buyer’s agent and have more effective communication during the important negotiation process.  

Selling a home can be a complex transaction with many layers involving pre-listing preparation, marketing presentation, negotiations, documents, home inspection and many related requirements. Optimal success requires many years of experience and knowledge, as well as excellent communication skills in all those areas.

If you are planning to sell a home in the Seattle area and would like to have a better understanding of how a bilingual agent can benefit you, especially in the Seattle and Eastside market…contact Mary Pong for a no-obligation consultation!


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