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
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
Jay made our first-time home buying experience very smooth. From the beginning, he was honest with us about the lay of the land and what we can expect in terms of competition in the market. Jay quickly understood what our needs were and offered sound advice in order to ensure that our offers were competitive without being overzealous. Overall, his professionalism and warmth made the process of finding a perfect much less stressful than it could have been without him. Jay is hardworking, honest, punctual and delivers on all the promises he makes. He makes himself readily available to clients with his extremely fast response times to inquiries, showing that he is a true professional in his industry with a firm commitment to client satisfaction. Jay kept us well informed on new listings in the market, and helped alleviate any concerns we had throughout the property search process. We felt Jay’s dedication to his clients when he caught issues that could have left us personally liable to some red flags with a unit we were looking at. For this reason alone, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to have Jay represent us. A family member has worked with him in the past, and for good reason: His professionalism and courtesy make him an easy choice to our family and friends looking to buy (or sell) a property. Thank you so much for all of your help!! Cheers, Sarah and Mark
Sarah Guo and Mark Mathews
I’ve known Jay for over fifteen years, first meeting him as the selling agent of the house I had purchased. Over the years Jay kept in contact and I quickly came to realize that Jay was the agent I would use when it came time to sell. Jay was the only realtor that I felt comfortable using and I trusted that he would look out for my best interest and advised me accordingly. He and Brenda were invaluable in helping to ensure the sale went smoothly and the house closed without any issues. If you’re looking for a professional, diligent, ethical, honest agent that will listen to what your needs are then look no further. Give Jay a call!
We were referred to Jay Banks by a friend of ours when we were looking to purchase a home. Jay is personable, committed and very responsive. He was willing to spend a lot of time with us as we explored our options over a period of several months. He ensured we had all the information we needed to make informed decisions, and would find an answer to any question we had. I really appreciated that he always returned our texts or emails promptly. And when we finally had an accepted offer, Jay worked hard to make the transition as smooth as possible, even when a few "hiccups" developed along the way.We were referred to Jay Banks by a friend of ours when we were looking to purchase a home. Jay is personable, committed and very responsive. He was willing to spend a lot of time with us as we explored our options over a period of several months. He ensured we had all the information we needed to make informed decisions and would find an answer to any question we had. I really appreciated that he always returned our texts or emails promptly. And when we finally had an accepted offer, Jay worked hard to make the transition as smooth as possible, even when a few "hiccups" developed along the way.
Diane and Orion
In working with Jay to buy our first home, we found him to have superior knowledge of virtually all aspects of real estate, from trends in the market to particular details of various locations to suggestions for improvements. He took the time to understand our needs and always acted in our best interests. His realistic but positive attitude helped us navigate a very difficult housing market. We are very happy to have had Jay as our agent and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home.
Edwin and Cindy Liu
Seamless!Sold our home on Friday and bought the new house on the following Monday!Jay sold my mom's house in the "monds" so she recommended him when it was time for us to upgrade. He understood the emotional attachment my mom had to the house and he listened to her concerns. Mama liked that Jay did not push and let her go through the process of selling without making her feel pressured.When it came for us to upgrade, Jay walked us through the process and was very professional. We had many questions and he was thorough in answering all of them and explaining to us what we did not understand. I felt good that my questions were taken seriously. What we really liked about Jay is the personal service.When we bought our first home, we were assigned to "the assistant" so we were pleased when Jay dealt with us personally. He came over to our home to discuss business unlike our experience with an agent for our first home who asked us to go to her house and do business there!When we told Jay that we are very specific with the area we want to move to, he understood. Believe me, people looked at me funny when I told them the specific area I was interested in. I had specific boundaries but Jay understood.Location, location, location. Yes, we found the house we want, within three days of selling our home, in the right location, the right specifications and best of all, the right price!We just referred Jay to a friend of ours who wants to upgrade. That's how pleased we are with Jay and his services.Thank you Jay!
Joey and Emelyn Tolentino
I wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You” for everything you have done in helping us find our current home. I can't say enough about Jay's professionalism, caring nature and easy going demeanor. He’s a personable, competent and confident realtor which my wife and I felt very comfortable with immediately.I have used Jay to purchase a home in 2003 and again in this year. Throughout the home buying process, Jay was extremely responsive and thoughtful in his recommendations to us. He was highly organized in showing homes within our time frames which was very important to us due to our very busy schedules. He has always given us his honest opinion, which helped us make informative decisions in the purchases. Jay was always there thru all aspects of the sale and even was available for questions once the sale completed.I highly recommend Jay if you are looking for a realtor to help buy or sell your home.
Having sold our family home after the last of our children moved out, it was time to downsize to a condo. We chose Jay, who had been our neighbour for many years, as we thought his experience in the Richmond market would help us make this big change. Jay showed us a variety of options and provided insight into the market and the history of buildings we looked at. He was unfailingly polite and patient with us as we narrowed down the area, options and features we wanted. When we finally zeroed in on the condo we wanted, Jay followed up on many details and pursued the seller’s rather reluctant agent on a few things that needed to be addressed. We would certainly recommend Jay to other buyers and sellers of real estate. You can count on him to stay calm, cool and collected while getting all the details looked after.
Julie and Gord
I first met Jay over 15 years ago when my boss at the time recommended Jay. I was looking to buy a condominium in Richmond. I had a large dog, which was a problem then, and limited funds. I found a fantastic condominium in the heart of Richmond, on a quiet street, across from a park, and in a beautifully maintained building. I was very impressed with Jay’s calm pleasant nature, and his knowledge. Even though I looked at a lot of places Jay was never impatient or rushed. Jay attended to every detail of my new home purchase and I felt confident that the purchase was all in good order. When it came time to sell my condo and buy a town house, Jay was my first choice to look after the sale and purchase. Since then Jay has been my agent for the purchase and sale of my townhouse in Langley, and the purchase and sale of my house in Langley. With Jay’s expertise I was able to sell my townhouse as prices were peaking and purchase a freehold house before the detached home sales peaked. Recently, I sold my house as I am moving out of the area. I was again impressed with the work that Jay put into this sale. He had researched and collected all permits and data regarding the house, he had all the answers and documents for the buyer ahead of time, which expedited the sale and created a relationship of good will with the buyer. Jay’s negotiating skills are impressive, as he not only has my respect but also the respect of the buyers’ and their agents. For over 15 years and the purchase and sale of three properties I have found Jay to be professional, ethical, and pleasant to work with. I believe that these qualities have been crucial in both my purchases and sales of properties.
After long consideration, we recently decided to sell our Seafair house and move our family into Steveston Village. We elected to work with Jay due to his successful history of selling (many!) other houses on our street/neighbourhood over the years. It was an excellent decision. Jay was thorough, professional and pleasant and worked effectively with our quick timeline, managing to get us through selling and buying within a couple of weeks. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
Gordon Smith and Alison Munro
What can we say about Jay Banks other than he is absolutely wonderful.Jay Banks is a very thorough and conscientious gentleman. He did indeed start by listening to us and finding out what it was we were looking for.He is not an aggressive salesman as some can be but rather is very helpful. He made sure that we saw every property that we expressed interest in and let us make our own decisions.Jay was also very helpful when it came to the clearing out of our former property. He went so far as to personally take some of our things away for us.Business matters aside, Jay is also a very nice person who is easy to talk to and has a good sense of humour.Thank you, Jay!
Barbara and Ian Murray
I want to thank you Jay for all the good work you did for me. You were honest, meticulous, diligent, and good at dealing with difficult people and situations. I would recommend you to anyone needing a real estate agent. Good luck.
After 32 years and raising 2 boys that have grown up and moved away to start their own lives, it become time for us to sell. There were many realtors knocking on the door but we knew there was only one man for the job – Jay Banks. Working with Jay on the sale of our home was a real pleasure and his professionalism was wonderful. At the time we decided to sell our home our niece was coming down from Prince George to move in with us so she could attend UBC, and we had booked a weekend away with our boys jay worked around our busy schedules and came up with a plan for an open house when we were away. We come back and Jay had multiple offers over the asking price. Our home sold over asking price in 7 days. I would highly recommend Jay Banks to be your realtor for knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail. Our lawyer also commented on Jay attention to detail because it makes her job go smoother.
Ed and Carol
We met Jay about 6 years ago while looking to buy and sell. Ultimately, we renovated at the time but were really impressed with Jay’s knowledge and professionalism. 6 years later when it was time to buy again, we didn’t hesitate to use Jay. Jay Banks starts by listening and continues to go above and beyond. He is well respected in the community, genuine and friendly.
Jason and Monika Funk
12 years ago, Jay helped us find our home, so when it came time to sell, we did not even think of calling anyone else. Jay has been extremely helpful in explaining the whole process, and was always available to answer any questions that arose. He made the stressful process of showing, negotiating and selling our home very comfortable, and always with a smile and good humour – even when the hour grew late! Thanks so much for helping us to move on to the next stage of our lives!
Jo and Martin
This was our first transaction with Jay although my family has been with him for decades. We could not have been more impressed. My wife comes from over ten years of fine dining and I have over twenty years in sales/customer service. We rarely feel that we are actually being serviced. Real customer service seems to be a part of days gone by where we actually care about the people we share our business transactions and our lives with. We would tell you that Jay has set a new standard for us in attention to detail and customer service. He exceeded every expectation in the finite details of our sale. In fact without his care and understanding we are certain that our deal would have gone very differently. We had already moved to Toronto during the sale, he made it feel as though there was nothing left to chance. Jay, thank you for all that you do!
Justin and Lucero
Jay Banks is an excellent realtor. We have used him to buy and sell two of our properties and would not hesitate to refer him to anyone looking to sell or purchase a home. He is very detail oriented and always committed to assisting us in a moment's notice when needed with creative solutions. We highly recommend Jay Banks!
Katie and Bev Willows
After having known Jay for more than 10 years, and having two real estate transactions with him under our belt, we knew that when Jay says: "I start by listening" he means it! Jay was invaluable (again) in helping us secure the new townhouse that we had had our hearts set on. He was right on top of the "intricacies" of negotiating a deal in this crazy market. Anyone looking for a top-notch realtor should give Jay Banks a call!!! Thanks Jay!!!
Tom and Linda
We were trying to decide whether or not to try to take advantage of this crazy market by selling our home and moving to a new one in order to improve our circumstances in preparation for retirement. In order to do so, we knew what we needed to accomplish financially both by selling our present home and acquiring a new home. We originally met Jay a few years ago when he sold our neighbor's home. For reasons that made sense at the time we listed with 2 different agents (not Jay) who were both unsuccessful in selling our home for a price we were comfortable with despite the fact Jay, who had several listings in the neighborhood, seemed to be selling them. We finally took our home off the market. In the ensuing years we noticed noticed other homes in the neighborhood selling and noticed Jay's name attached to most of the sales. When we decided to try again, we immediately thought of Jay as someone with a track record of success.Right from the first telephone conversation, where Jay remembered the details of the brief conversation we had with him 5 years ago we knew we had made the right choice to call him. He knew our neighborhood very well and in fact had sold many of the homes on our street. He is very genuine and approachable and not at all pushy. We were very impressed. We had been told by previous realtors our property was undesirable to the typical buyers in our market so were aware there might be some difficulties selling. Jay was undaunted by this.We were in a position where we did not have to sell and would not sell if the numbers did not make sense. Jay was respectful and understanding of that fact. We told him what our financial expectations were and asked him to tell us if he could accomplish that. Jay was very forthright, discussing with us the various considerations in the market in our neighborhood specific to our property, and was completely conversant with what needed to happen in this volatile, unpredictable market in order to accomplish our goals.We were particularly impressed when he did not commit immediately to trying to sell our property. Instead, he committed to researching the market factors specific to our situation prior to committing to being able to achieve a price consistent with our financial goals. Having had the experience in the past where a realtor listed the property for the price we wanted, then being pressured by them to drop the price again and again, we were impressed that he did not appear to be willing to do that. He soon came back to us telling us he believed we could achieve what we needed to make this work. He met with us to discuss the price we felt comfortable listing the home at. He did not try to push us into accepting a number lower than what we were comfortable with. He explained the current market and the unpredictability therein. He had done his homework based upon his knowledge and expertise, and in consideration of the factors we had shared with him that were essential to us embarking upon this course, and he recommended a number he felt was realistic, and which we were comfortable with.Within 2 weeks, we had an offer which we negotiated on and ultimately accepted. Jay was there to guide and advise us through the process of reviewing the offer. He made sure we understood the "subjects" and gave us very good advice through the "offer/counter offer" process. He did not pressure to accept the first offer. He thoroughly analysed the offer and gave us expert advice on how to prepare our counter offer not only regarding price, but in regard to subjects and closing details. He thought of things we would not have known to consider. Suddenly, more quickly than we could have imagined, our home was sold for what we had hoped for, and we were in the thrilling/terrifying position of having to purchase a new home.Because of the crazy way the market was escalating in our target area, we knew we needed to act quickly. In fact, even though we had researched and discussed with Jay prices in our target area prior to listing and selling our home, suddenly the market in our target area for the type of home we were seeking to purchase began to escalate even faster. Jay made himself completely available to us throughout, in person, by email and telephone. He made us purchasing a new home as quickly as possible a priority knowing the market pressures we were facing, and that our budget for the type of home and location we were targeting was going to be challenging. He made himself available anytime we wanted to go looking at homes whether open houses or booked viewing appointments. He made us aware of the need to move quickly, and supported us to do so. At each viewing he gave us sound advice about the homes we were looking at and often pointed out things we had not thought of that would have over time become issues.We found ourselves in a situation which, without Jay, would have been frightening. We had purchased our first townhome in 1997 and "traded up" to a detached home in 2001. We were used to a scenario where you made an offer based upon comparable recent sales in the neighborhood, negotiated back and forth, and eventually agreed upon a price. Instead, we found ourselves in a situation where properties were being sold in bidding wars with multiple offers and going for significantly over the asking price. Frankly, without Jay "at the rudder" we would have been lost at sea and likely priced out of the market before we could even catch our breath.Jay guided us with quiet confidence. He explained to us what we needed to do to be in the best possible position when offering and supported us to "do our homework" to get the necessary infrastructure in place. He understands the market, even this whirlwind we are currently in, and the challenges we were facing as a result, and made sure we were able to be competitive. He knew we needed to find a home in a short window to be able to achieve our goals before the market out paced our budget and he made us finding a new home his priority. He remained calm throughout, and did not allow us to panic or make decisions we would have later regretted just to get any house to get back into the market. He made sure we were constantly updated as to the current homes available in our target area and helped us to understand how to expand our "criteria" to capture homes that actually met our needs though the descriptors on the MLS listing may not appear to reflect that.When we found the home we finally purchased, it had only been on the market 1 day. Jay made sure we saw the listing and made himself available for us to go see it right away. On the MLS listing, it did not look like it ticked all the boxes but Jay secondary to his experience in viewing hundreds of listings and homes, knew the descriptors might be hiding the fact the home actually had the potential to be a home that would "tick all the boxes". Based upon the "education" Jay had been providing John and I throughout the process, I knew he was correct that we should see the home. We were going to wait until the next day, but when Jay called to arrange the viewing there were already 2 other viewings arranged. Knowing the nature of the market, he accurately assessed the situation and got back to me immediately and we arranged to see it right away.As soon as we saw the home we knew it was the one. Even at our viewing Jay had begun the process of preparing for negotiation with the sellers agent gleaning important information to enable us to make a successful offer. We offered immediately, but were in a bidding war with 2 other potential buyers. Jay's knowledge and experience were pivotal to this situation. He was able to understand the situation we were in, kept our financial goals and families needs in sight at all times, and advised us how much and how to offer to be competitive and ultimately successful. When writing up the offer, his skills were evident in the thorough comprehensive way in which the offer was structured, Even though this purchase occurred in less than 48 hours from start to finish, Jay had made sure he was completely conversant with all relavent documents and local rules and regulations, and was able to write an offer in such a way that was ultimately what led us to be the successful buyers.We are forever grateful to Jay. We have no doubt that without him, we would not have been able to achieve either the timely sale of our property for the price we wanted/needed, nor the purchase of our dreamhome. We have no hesitation in recommending him.
Sheila and John
I had worked with Jay to find my first home, so I knew he would be my first choice for finding my second one. He made moving forward with finding my new home easy as he was able to accommodate me due to my hectic schedule and made sure I was well informed about any property I had interest in. He listened to what I wanted and was able to help me find the perfect home. Jay helped make the process simple with his expert knowledge and guidance.
After trying to sell my home, unsuccessfully, for two years, I decided to hire Jay Banks. He had come to my door several times over a few months and I was so impressed with his gentle persistence that I thought he may be just as determined in selling my home as he was selling his services. I was right.It took a while but Jay did sell our home. And then the fun began. We started shopping for a new place to move into. What impressed me the most was that Jay was the voice of reason that I needed when looking for the ideal place for my son, our four-legged companion and myself. Rather than rush me into a quick purchase, he ensured that I was aware of any caveats associated with the properties I was looking at. He was by far the most thorough, ethical and trustworthy real estate agent that I have ever worked with.As I move into our beautiful new townhouse next week, I thank Jay for his stellar professionalism!
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 in recommending them to buyers and sellers looking for professional, competent and honest services"
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.
Sandra and Michael, Proprietors of Post W