My partner and I were very happy to have worked with Richard Silver and his team.
James Morris, Stratford, Ontario
I loved working with Jim and Celia. They helped me with all my questions and we had tremendous success. I knew from the start this was the best decision I made to work with your team. Thank you.
Nicole Currie, Toronto
Selling my home became so easy with Richard’s calm and experienced advice, good recommendations for declutterering and staging professionals, the use of a photographer who enhanced my pretty home, and employing convenient on-line email and texting methods for showing requests and acceptances. As well as his own good sense, good humour and good strategies, Richard has wonderful colleagues who also added to the good experience. Needless to say, my home sold quickly for over the listing price.
Marianne McPhail, Toronto
This is a big thank you for selling my house. The whole process was easy thanks to your efforts, even though the market was uncertain, the property was not easy to price. You remained calm through it all, and your professional manner, your well-measured and practical advice, were appreciated. I am very satisfied with the results.
All the best Jim. If I ever need a realtor again, it will be you.
I.L., Toronto, ON.
Selling a home can be tiring, but with the help of the Torontoism team we felt encouraged, supported and taken care of in the best possible way! Their expertise, responsiveness and excellent service made our experience thoroughly positive throughout -- we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
Rosalyn Wosnick, Toronto, ON
Richard and his team did a brilliant job, positioning the house on the market, prepping it for sale, pitching its best selling points in a video, and dealing with prospective buyers. He also facilitated my move to a new residence, and kept my family in the picture each step of the way. The outcome speaks for itself - well beyond our expectations and 30% over asking. Thanks to Richard for a superb effort on our behalf.
Harry Arthurs, Toronto
Jim is my definition of a real estate broker. He is professional, punctual, strategic and very knowledgeable. He made my very complicated deal feel like a breeze because everything was handled by him and the team. I'm very happy. I recommend Jim to everyone within my network.
Gleb Babkine, Toronto
Richard Silver—Yes, he’s THE name—the Canadian realtor whose 40-year real estate reputation salutes him as—EXPERIENCED ATTUNED EXCEPTIONAL. This said, having known Richard over a number of years in a variety of capacities; and consulting with, then listing our late Mother’s Cabbagetown house with him at Sotheby’s, I am still hugely impressed by the quality, sage advice and ultimately—the speed that made the outcome exceed expectations. Bravo Richard—you are the epitome of excellence and I have come to understand totally, and from a very personal perspective, why you are at the top—by head & shoulders—of your field!
Veronica Tennant, Toronto, ON.
If more than five stars were available I would award them. I found Jim to be a friendly, positive and professional representative. Could not have asked for a better Real Estate company or individuals to work with. On behalf of my sister and I.... thank you for making this transaction as painless as possible...seeing that this house was in our family for over eighty years. Not easy leaving these memories behind.
Paul D., Toronto, Ontario
My partner and I were very happy to have worked with Richard Silver and his team.
James Morris, Stratford, Ontario
"Jim listened to all of needs and went out of way to ensure that we got the house that was perfect for us. Very Professional and knowledgable of the market. Thanks Jim!"
Stacey Caney, VP, Risk Management & Technology
"Jim has provided excellent service to my wife and I in selling our condominium and in purchasing a new condominium. He has my highest recommendation for his real estate services."
Kevin Higgins, President at Fusion Learning
It was an honour and pleasure to work with Richard Silver of Sotheby’s in the sale of my sister’s and my late mother’s heritage home. We knew that he had been #1 in Cabbagetown for decades and truly a “legend”. Right from the beginning, he assured us that he would do his utmost to get the best price for us in today’s market, and he certainly delivered! I was so struck not only by his exemplary experience, expertise and reputation, but also by his sincerity, warmth and professionalism which continually shone through. He was always on top of it and somehow knew the right things to say in his prompt responses to our various enquiries. The offer process, a week after the house was listed on MLS, went so smoothly. I’m of the conviction that the very positive outcome could not have occurred without Richard – he is the best!
I’m very aware that it was a team effort at Sotheby’s, and wish to express my appreciation to Tania Bettencourt and Celia Alves who dealt with the multiple tasks and details related to the house sale, and to Jim Burtnick who brought in the purchaser.
Thank you all!
Gillian Tennant McCloskey, MSW, RSW
Gillian McCloskey, Toronto
"Jim is attentive and timely, and responsive to his clients."
We recently sold our house in Toronto (while living in Montreal) with the help of Richard, Sherille, Tania and their team and it was a very positive experience. They are well-organized, very professional and were quick to connect us with excellent people (home inspector, house stager, painters, electricians, etc.) to handle all of the little details that go along with selling a house in a timely and cost-effective manner. We would recommend Richard et al without hesitation.
John S./Toronto, Ontario
"Jim sold a house for us in Toronto in just a week we got well more than asking price and had quick and professional help and advise from the beginning. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim at all."
I want to sincerely thank you both, and of course your team too, for the wonderful performance you have shown in both Marketing and Sales of our home.
You have been extremely helpful for us in presenting the house, assembling and disseminating the marketing material, making the necessary contacts with the prospective buyers and agents, following up, and finally bringing the deal to a successful and satisfactory contract.
We are very happy with the calibre and character of our buyer, and the fact that we have achieved our asking price which proved to be the right price.
Richard and Sherille did the impossible and made selling a house fun. The whole team was professional and reassuring in helping us to sell the home we have lived in for 46 years. They guided us through every step. The office team were good at scheduling the house showings giving us ample notice and making changes when it was inconvenient for us. If I had another house I would use them again.
"Moving to a new place can be scary sometimes, even more so if the destination is a new country of completely different culture, value and legal system. When I first came to Toronto, looking for an apartment seemed a mission impossible for me. I had no idea where to start. Then one of my friends who was once in my shoes and benefitted greatly from the service of Sotheby’s Realty recommended the agency to me. I went down there and met with Jim Burtnick and Eden Feldman. They were lifesavers. With great patience and consideration, they walked me through all the steps involved in purchasing real estate in Canada. They carefully listened to my preferences and offered me as many apartment choices as possible. Eventually, I found the apartment of my dream. I’m truly grateful for their services and I will definitely recommend Sotheby’s Realty if anyone asks me.
搬家从来不是一件容易的事，尤其是搬到一个有着不同文化，价值观，法律系统的国家。当我刚来多伦多的时候，完全靠自己自己买一套公寓听起来像是一个不可能完成的任务。我甚至都不知道从哪开始。然后我的一个朋友，他之前也和我一样手足无措直到他找到了Sotheby’s Realty，于是他把这家中介推荐给了我。在哪里我认识了Jim Burtnick 和 Eden Feldman。 他们对我真的帮助很大，他们详细给我解释在加拿大买公寓的每一个步骤。他们仔细的听取我的需求，给我展示尽可能多的楼盘选择。终于，我找到了最理想的公寓。我真的十分感谢Sotheby’s Realty。如果以后别人问我去找那家中介买房，我绝对会毫不犹豫的推荐Sotheby’s Realty，尤其是Jim和 Eden ."
Richard Silver exceeded our expectations. Selling your home can be a stressful process. We've sold twice before and wish we'd known him then. Richard and his team of professionals exuded confidence, didn't miss a beat and had us at ease throughout the entire process. From the marketing and communication side, to the preparations and technicalities, everything was handled to such high standards.
I honestly wasn't looking forward to going through this process again, based on previous experiences. However, after meeting with Richard, we found our confidence and sailed through the whole experience. Sure, there may be some fine agents out there, but very few reach the height of Richard.
I have an amazing real state agent Jim who did a wonderful job during the listing of my Condo. I am so pleased with his professional work and I recommend him highly. Thank you for your great work Jim,
Mahnaz Jacqueline Mollaret, Ajax
Thank you for all you have done to sell our house.
We now appreciate what a challenge it was to sell our heritage style house at the valued price. I applaud Sotheby's and Richard for adapting to the changes so we could incorporate all the new with the old and bring a successful closure to our heritage style house in a new Mandarin market.
Tracy, your finesse with dealing with this market with your personal insight and professionalism has set Sotheby's team apart from many of the other realtors in this competitive market. We trusted you and allowed you to guide us to our successful sale.
From the first meeting until the day of the sale Jim was enthusiastic and positive. He gave us great advice and always kept our spirits high even during the disappointing times. A great person and a great resource. Thank you Jim. Also thanks to all the staff and Richard who supported us through the process. John and gary.
John King, Toronto
The Torontoism Team helped me as an Estate Trustee selling a property in Cabbagetown. They made the experience as easy as it could be. They gave practical advice and great contacts to help me get the preparation for sale done right.With their help the house was clean and presentable for the public.
I particularly appreciated that they didn’t try to boost their commission by attempting to persuade me to have the estate invest in improving the house. Their advice as to valuation and pricing strategy was spot on and they were patient when I was agonizing during the offer process.
They supported me in turning down prices they believed were below the potential of the property, even when it meant another weekend of open house and hard work for them.
I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them in the future. I recommend them highly.
Could not have asked for a better agent to deal with than Jim. He was informative,professional,friendly and an excellent representative of your company. On another survey I rated Southeby's five star...would have rated higher if I could.I thank Jim for making this a lot easier on my sister and I. It is difficult leaving a house that has been in our family for over eighty years.Great company to deal with...great people to have on your team.......
Paul Dibranou, Toronto
I recently bought a condo and sold my house using Penny and Richard as my agents. They, along with everyone on their team, were consistently helpful, professional and very pleasant to deal with. Those things were great perks but the really important thing was that, with their help and advice, I found a perfect place to live and then sold my house. The timing was good and I am happy with the prices that I bought and sold for.
"This letter is sent to you in appreciation for the successful sale of our home. Jim Burtnick presented himself in a professional calm manner, most knowledgeable and considerate of our needs. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and guidance through the negotiations. Sincerely we wish you all the success in the future. We are pleased to recommend Jim without hesitation."
"The Torontoism Team at Sotheby's Realty was there every step of the way, from meeting and advising me on how to get my place ready to sell, to producing and executing the best marketing campaign I have seen, to professional negotiations. They made the selling process as smooth as possible for me and my family. I would have no hesitation recommending them to buyers and sellers looking for professional, competent and honest services"
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Simon Marcotte, Toronto
We wanted to thank you and the rest of the team for all your help. Everyone has been so pleasant and professional that it made a stressful situation much less so. I was also very impressed with the quality of the marketing that went into selling our home.
All the best and hope to see you soon as well.
Cabbagetown, Toronto, ON
We'd like to express our appreciation for the very professional manner in which you and your team at Sotheby's handled the sale.
Your professional advice re price and showings was very helpful. The documentation re the hardcover introductory booklet, detailed prospectus, measured floor plans, and particularly the coloured flyer, were all first rate. The good will of the tenants was established and maintained despite the inevitable interruptions for measurements, photography, the agents' open house and buyer showings.
In particular we appreciated the added knowledge and advice of your colleague, Penny Brown.
Throughout the process we felt well supported with information and progress updates.
Harold and Miriam
Thank you for a job well done. You said it was your job to protect me and I certainly gave you plenty of opportunity. You did a very professional job and I certainly appreciate it.
Ian, Toronto, ON
Richard Silver - It is extremely important in selling a house to price it appropriately for the marketplace. Our home was a challenge to price as it is unique in our neighbourhood. Richard did a great job of finding the correct price, even going as far as bringing in some outside experts to validate the “right” selling price. As a result our home sold quickly and within the target range. We’re delighted.
The Silver team - Dealing with the Silver team, in particular Tania, on the day to day activities required to sell a home was a delight. They are professional, attentive, responsive and seemingly work 24/7. They made the entire process much easier than it could have been.
Great team and I would use them again in a heartbeat. Thanks.
Garry and Deb, Toronto, ON
Just a short note to thank you for all your efforts. It’s fair to say we would not be in this enviable position without your help. We are officially adopting you as our good luck charm and we’ll now expect you to come along whenever we buy lottery tickets. It’s hard to believe all of this has happened in less than three weeks; you were just the task-master we needed. Take care.
Steve and Liz, Toronto
I’ve known Richard, without knowing him at all, for 20 years. We walked our dogs in the same park. We lived just around the corner from each other. I went to his Sunday afternoon open houses to pick up ideas. Oh sure I knew Richard Silver. But no, I didn’t. Yet when, 6 weeks ago, I reached the decision that it was time to move there was not a moment’s doubt in my mind about who to call. Richard Silver “is” Cabbagetown real estate.
Richard is a thorough professional. He works long, long hours, is always ready to respond to questions, is intelligent, totally reliable and has the most wonderful sense of humour. But there is more than that. I felt again and again as I bought my new house with him and we sold my current house to the new owners that he was matching people to houses. He cared about who lived where. He knew that certain people were right for certain homes and he brought them -brought us -together. Selling a house isn’t easy. It’s stressful, it’s an anxious time, you don’t sleep or eat or work well. Richard knows this and is a counsellor and a friend as much as a realtor.
Gillian Fenwick, Toronto
I always look forward to receiving your updates. I checked out what appears to be a revamped site today and am extremely impressed -you’ve done an excellent job. Major corporations should be this advanced.
Loved the story about your family -I guess we all have one but many have no idea how to write well enough to describe it.
Anyway, thanks for being the real estate renaissance man -I’m happy that you have a lot of representation in my neighbourhood. I’ve introduced many people to your various listings because of receiving your updates in such a timely and sophisticated manner.
Wendy White, Toronto
During this past winter, we had decided to buy a house and Cabbagetown was the desired location. Since I knew you to be an active agent in this area, I figured that you probably had a web site. I would scan your web site every so often looking for new listings in Cabbagetown. Being able to conduct our preliminary search on the internet saved us a lot of time as with two hectic work schedules, we never would have been able to coordinate doing our legwork the old fashioned way. We were able to see right away from the photos posted on the web listing that this was a house that interested us. We saw the listing on a Thursday and by the following Monday evening the house was ours! Another benefit of the web listing for us was that we were able to have family and friends take a peek before we took possession.
Maureen Shewchuk, Toronto
I can’t believe its really happened!! It seemed to go so incredibly quickly. One second I was falling through my attic floor and the next I was looking at a SOLD sign on my front lawn. And all thanks to you. You have no idea how great you were and are.
We greatly appreciated your calmness, intelligence and humour. We have been spreading the word about you since that night back in January you came to our little abode and sat down, had a drink and seemed to care far more about who we were as people rather than the selling of our house. We always knew that if we were going to sell that you were the guy. I promise that if I ever know anyone who owns a 10 billion dollar house and wants to sell.....we’ll send them to you. Thank you so much.
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