I called Steve when I was looking for a listing agent, as I was very impressed with his marketing materials. He was one of the few agents I had encountered who seemed to understand marketing as well as selling. I was weary from past experience with agents who worked hard to get my listing, and did little afterward. I listed with Steve and I was not disappointed. He proved to be an excellent marketer, an excellent salesperson, and an excellent negotiator. Through the process I was most impressed with how proactive Steve is - he showed up personally for every showing (no lock box), he communicated regularly even if there was no "news", and he paid superb attention to detail. I got a great price and experienced a smooth, stress-free transaction. I will work with Steve again and would be happy to recommend him to others.
Steve helped us every step of the way. From selling our place to helping us buy our dream home. His patience and expertise was an invaluable one and we recommend his services to anyone who is looking for a professional to deliver on what he promises. Steve definitely exceeds expectations.
- Greg Taylor, Director of Business, Freedom 55 Financial, & Ruriko Taylor, Financial Planner, Freedom 55
Steve made buying my first home a fun experience. I never felt pressured to buy a place until I found the right home, which I really appreciated.
- Lieane Arabsky, I.T., Aquilini Investment Group
Steve was able to sell our house in a declining market after a failed attempt with another agent. When our house didn’t sell initially, we were disappointed and worried that we were losing value. We were ready for a larger home, but we had that feeling it wasn’t going to happen.
We sat down with Steve and were shocked with the knowledge and statistics he had which really helped us understand the market we were in. His presentation was very professional. Our previous agent just kept pushing for a price reduction, but we didn’t understand why. Steve was able to present to us a strategy for selling our home in a tough market.
He followed up with us consistently and we really liked his detail oriented approach with all the aspects of our sale. We felt our previous agent just put a sign on the property and hoped for the best. Our experience with Steve couldn’t have been farther from that. We were continually discussing our progress and things we could do to help with buyers first impressions when they viewed our home. He had us watching comparable homes so that we understood how competitive we were in the market place. He showed up early to all showings to make sure the lights were on, toilet seats down, fireplace was on, etc. He even bought a picture and a lamp since one of our bedrooms was quite dark.
We were also disappointed with our previous agent’s knowledge of online search engines. We are big craigslist users and are always looking on mls.ca. Steve posted our listing on craigslist and even added our open houses separately each week. Our open houses were always updated on mls.ca and his webpage. His pictures were taken by a professional and they looked great. Each room was bright and welcoming. Our last agent took his own photos and they were so dark you couldn’t even tell which room you were looking at.
Steve got us a sale in tough market and then helped us negotiate a great deal on our new home. We may not have sold for as much as we could have 6 months ago, but once we got a great deal on our purchase we felt great about the whole thing. Steve kept us positive, but also realistic with what was happening in the market. We’re so happy and grateful we have been able to make our move in this difficult market. - Matt Nashlenas, Special Sales, Raincoast Books, & Nadia Nashlenas, Occupational Therapist
Steve's strong market knowledge and resourceful manner made it easier for me to make an informed decision I could feel good about. The fine points of this sale could not have been worked out without Steve's top negotiating skills and talent with people which landed me a price that set a precedent for similar homes in my neighborhood.
- Andrew John Harwood, Building Contractor, Lee Island Construction
I was very impressed with Steve right from the start. He always came to our meetings very prepared and was well informed on current market trends. For our first meeting, he told us about recent sale prices for condos in our building, and what competition we were up against with sales data on other active listings in our area. Steve’s background in the banking world also really helped since he was able to answer any banking questions we had.
Once we determined a price, Steve took pictures and measurements and our home was listed the next day. Steve held three open houses for us, and was coming back 2 – 3 times a week to show other agents and their clients our home. When listening to him talk to potential clients, he sounded like he would if he were trying to sell his own home. This was great.
Steve also helped us buy our first home. He was very helpful in asking the home owners the right questions. Questions we might not think to ask because we’ve never owned a home. He even met us when the home inspector came to inspect our new home.
Steve was able to sell our condo in three weeks, and we got exactly what we were asking for (the other condo’s for sale in our building took much longer to sell)
I would definitely recommend Steve to anyone…in fact, I already have.
- Kathy Urbich, Retail Fashion Buyer
As a young couple we were finding it hard to find a proper realtor that would take us seriously, especially owning property on the north shore. We scoped a few open houses and were lucky enough to stumble into one of Steve's showings.
He was the first realtor who treated us as potential buyers even though it was abundantly clear we wouldn't be buying his million dollar listing. Not only did he treat us with respect, he did not throw his business cards at us once he found out we were looking to list. Steve was extremely knowledgeable about properties and banking information. He always came prepared, acted professional and presented our listing as if each person coming to look could be our buyer. We appreciated his input and advice regarding our situation and didn't feel pressured into making decisions.
After selling our listing, Steve helped negotiate a deal on our wonderful new home. Without his care and 'know-how', we may not have been so lucky.
The thing that most impressed us was not only was he a constant support but after the sale closed he still helped us with issues regarding our new house and contractors. It was wonderful having Steve as our realtor and he made the process very smooth. We have already recommended him to family and friends and we know he will do an outstanding job for anyone.
- Javier & Carissa