Testimonials

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John Sedgwick

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.

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Alicia B.

 I had the pleasure of working with Rizwan Malik on two occasions. He came highly recommended by a colleague and I couldn't agree more, and I have since recommended him to others. He made my first time home buying and first time selling experiences seamless and stress-free. Rizwan recently set a record price for my unit type in my building. I would recommend him to anyone buying or selling and will always go back to him!

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Stephanie Dimopoulos

I worked with Rizwan Malik on the sale of my condo where he exceeded my expectations and was always available when needed. He is warm, friendly and extremely professional. I highly recommend Rizwan and the Sotheby's team to assist you in your real estate needs.

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Tim Rappon

Rizwan (Malik) is AMAZING ! I will recommend him to all our friends. Extremely approachable and trustworthy, Comes off as knowledgeable and a huge cut above the rest. Could not have asked for a better experience navigating this difficult market right now.

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Gianmarco DeZorzi

Taking a moment to thank Mr Rizwan Malik and the team at Sotheby's for their exceptional efforts with the recent sale of my home. Rizwan was clear in his approach, developed a plan, put that plan into action and was able to generate strong interest in a very short period of time.

We were on the market within 48 hours of our initial meeting; sold in 5 days.
No gimmicks or stories, no games, or excuses.

Rizwan conducted himself with true professionalism and displayed a formidable diligence throughout the entire process.

I look forward to using both he and Sotheby's for all of my future real estate needs.

With gratitude and respect,

Gianmarco DeZorzi

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Kevin & Jennifer

Rizwan Malik was absolutely amazing!! He recently sold our home and helped us purchase our new one. My fiancée and I were very pleased with his professional service and dedication. An easy person to talk to with lots of knowledge about the industry. Rizwan took the time to understand our priorities, gave us great advice throughout the buying and selling process, which in turn helped us make very confident decisions.

Everything worked out great in the end, we couldn’t have asked for better results and he even set a new record sold price for our neighbourhood. We would definitely recommend him to our friends and family.

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David Freeland

Sherille Layton was very helpful in navigating the crazy Toronto market and gave me a wonderful first home buying experience!!

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Dominic Iandoli

James was very professional throughout this process and delivered on everything we discussed. I will highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell, he is very experienced and truly surpassed expectations and for that I cannot thank him enough. I look forward to doing more business with you in the future. Thank you.

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John Crockett

 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.

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Mason Li

 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 .

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Scott Ballantyne

 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 advice from the beginning. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim at all.

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Kevin Higgins, President at Fusion Learning

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.

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Stacey Caney

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!

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Kyle J

Rizwan was a fantastic realtor for me. He went over and above most realtor duties and truly supported me during my first time home buying process. He assisted me in all aspects of my purchase from viewing properties, securing a great interest rate right from the beginning, finding a mortgage broker, and even came with me to the lawyer to help with any questions I might have or have not thought about asking.

He made the daunting task of a first time home purchase a lot easier and comfortable, while never pressuring me. I highly recommend him.

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Vittoria Frangione

Rizwan is phenomenal. We really couldn't have asked for someone more helpful in choosing our first home. He is knowledgable about the housing market and has had so much experience within the world of real estate that there was no question we asked that he didn't have an answer. He helped us look at different properties, he guided and helped us come to a decision that was best for us, and he was always there to help when we needed him. Rizwan was truly our pillar during the entire process and still continues to check up on us to see how things are progressing. I would definitely recommend Rizwan as a realtor.

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Jane T & Andy W

We decided to enter the Toronto home buyer market for the 1st time and several of our friends had personally used Rizwan Malik so we decided to meet with him and see if would be a good fit as our real estate agent.

We cannot recommend Rizwan highly enough, he was attentive and very knowledgeable out the Toronto Market, he understood right away what we were looking for in our first home and help guide us away from poorly managed and renter buildings and less desirable builders. He was always our advocate, providing advice and information but never pressuring us into making a decision - we feel so lucky to have met and worked with Rizwan, he made the stressful process of purchasing a home, as smooth, effortless and entertaining as possible.

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Jane Tran

We decided to enter the Toronto home buyer market for the 1st time and several of our friends had personally used Rizwan Malik so we decided to meet with him and see if would be a good fit as our real estate agent.

I cannot recommend Rizwan highly enough, he was attentive and very knowledgeable out the Toronto Market, he understood right away what we were looking for in our first home and help guide us away from poorly managed and renter buildings and less desirable builders. He was always our advocate, providing advice and information but never pressuring us into making a decision - I feel so lucky to have met and worked with Rizwan, he made the stressful process of purchasing a home, as smooth, effortless and entertaining as possible.

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Marina Ahmic

I worked with Rizwan Malik on the sale of my Humber Bay (Etobicoke) Condo. Rizwan is a very well informed agent who always has his client's best interest in mind. I took his advice and ended up selling for almost 20% more than I originally thought my condo would sell for. Rizwan had great advice for how to stage a condo and absolutely negotiated on my behalf.
I would certainly recommend Rizwan Malik to anyone looking for a Real Estate Agent in the GTA!

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Maureen Consolati

Richard and Sherille did the impossible and made selling a house fun. The whole team was professional and reasuring 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.

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Leslie

Dear Sherille,

I wanted to write to thank you and Richard Silver for your terrific work in selling our
Toronto home.

We’ve bought and sold in both the UK and Canada, and haven’t worked with any agents (or firms) who made the process as smooth, quick, and successful as you have. Your marketing of our property was excellent, and your communication with us throughout was fast and straightforward. And it helps to have a team who have thorough knowledge of the neighbourhood and market.

Thanks for being focused and ambitious for us. You were very easy to work with; I would sell, or buy, with either of you again in a heartbeat.

Warm regards to you both,

Leslie

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Diane Chang

Professionalism, organized process, going beyond other realty companies in marketing both in print and on line. From the very first encounter I could tell they could get the job done to my satisfaction. I put my trust in them and allowed them to lead us to a successful sale. No pennies were pinched in their marketing and they gave 100%+ in effort.

Amazing team with Tracy An (who speaks Mandarin, but more importantly, was able to deal with all our potential buyers professionally and warmly), Richard Silver who added his expertise and connections, and Tanya who efficiently got all the tasks done in the blink of an eye. They have the whole process so well organized, you would have to wonder why you should settle for anything less than the best. Yes, this is a real client review!

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Yeti Agnew

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.

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William Assaff

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.

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Osman

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 caliber and character of our buyer, and the fact that we have achieved our asking price which proved to be the right price.

Thank you,
Osman

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Diane and Damian

 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.

Thank you!

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Rob & Nick

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.

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Ian

"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."

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Garry and Deb

"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."

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Mark

"I listed my house with another agent in May, but it did not sell. I decided to take it off the market, do some renovations and re-list in September. I turned to Richard Silver because of his reputation for selling houses in Cabbagetown. Richard gave me expert and timely advice on reasonable renovations to make the house more attractive to buyers. It was clear that Richard had a detailed knowledge of market trends, right down to kitchen cupboards, backsplash and appliances. The renovations were completed in September, and Richard recommended an expert stager who transformed the house using a mix of my things and hers to bring out the charm and value in the house. The house was listed and sold on the same day and my renovation expenses were fully recouped. Richard is the King of Cabbagetown realtors. His experience and savvy were on display at every stage. My only regret is not turning to him first."

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Sandra and Michael

"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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Maureen Shewchuk

"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."

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Wendy White

"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."

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Gillian Fenwick

"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."

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Steve and Liz

 "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."

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Jill

Jill

"We feel it was our great good fortune to get to work with Sherille on the recent purchase of our home in Toronto. The Toronto real estate market is quite frenetic, but Sherille was focussed and professional and moved very quickly to make sure we gained access to the properties that fit our search parameters. We have no doubt that it was Sherille's negotiating skills that secured us our new home.In fact, the seller's told us so! And, she is just a lovely person in general, so it was a pleasure to spend time with her."

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Gillian Raymond & Christopher Baigorri

"Sherille is very knowledgeable about the current state of the real estate market in Toronto and was able to give us great insight into our primary desired location. She took the time to educate us on the process of buying a house (as opposed to a condo) and offered practical advice on how best to approach looking for our first house in a competitive market. She would often re-arrange her schedule to accommodate our availability and show us the properties we were interested in. She was very responsive by phone and email whenever we needed to reach her."

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Brad and Laura

"Richard and team bring a sense of calm and order with a thoughtful pre-sale process. They walked us through all the steps, arranged requisite pre-sale meetings, and listened to our desires with respect to timing, logistics and overall approach. Richard's accessibility and timely responses throughout the process were appreciated."

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Nancee Helfert

"I am a Real Estate sales representative of over 30 years and Richard is a great asset to our industry. He is scrupulously ethical, at all times a gentleman and during a difficult situation for me he always asked how things were. He has a delightful personality and rare charm. His success speaks for itself. Never have I heard anyone say anything but the best of him."

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Ruth & Jonathan Goba Shime

"We first met Richard in 2005 when we walked into an open house he was holding. We ended up buying the house through him and retaining him to sell our condominium. Due to some unusual circumstances (completely unrelated to Richard), the sale of the condo was quite difficult. Throughout the entire process and no matter how stressful the situation was for us, Richard was calm and reassuring and focused. The condo sold!

In 2008, we decided to move again and called Richard. We bought through him and then he listed our home for sale. Everyone commented on the extremely professional job he did with the listing - the pictures taken professionally, a stager hired - it was fantastic, and of course, our home sold quickly.

We will always use Richard as our agent and will always recommend him to anyone we know who is buying or selling a home! He is calm, knows the market extremely well, it is well connected, is well respected (deservedly), while always fun and nice to be around."

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Elena Kozlova

“Richard is very successful Sales Representative, knowledgeable and dedicated and I would recommend him to everybody who wants to do GOOD business in real estate.”

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Derek Vanstone

“The best. We have now used Richard to both purchase and sell a home - and would never use anyone else in Toronto. Terrific to work with, up front with his opinions and always ready to go the extra mile.”

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Barry Lebow

“I met Richard when he started as a Realtor at Martel R.E. on the Danforth. Over the decades I cannot begin to count the number of referrals he gave my firm to act as appraisers for his clientele. We have served numerous clients of RIchards and each has praised his abilities, his dedication and strong professional standards. He is one of my "go to" people when I need real estate advice, from the practical to the ethical. He is technically far ahead of the pack with his strong computer skills. I count Richard as one the finest real estate professionals I have ever known and as a delightful human being. Richard does not have customers or clients, he makes friends whom he serves well."

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Maureen Shewchuk

"I'm a repeat customer of Richard's because I know I can trust that he is always working for what's in my best interest. He takes care of the details and he makes himself available throughout all stages of the process. And if the situation gets to be nerve wracking, he's incredibly calm and logical.

I highly recommend Richard for buying and/or selling. You won't be disappointed!"

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Maurice

"I met Richard and bought a house from him. My years associated with Real Estate, as a teacher and professional, had not blessed me with the acquaintance of a Realtor as hardworking, straightforward, knowledgeable and honest as Richard. His depth of understanding of the fundamentals of Real Property values and transactions has cemented my faith in him and loyalty to him."

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Judy and Ed

"Richard has bought and sold houses for me since 1982. I have found him to be totally reliable, trustworthy, a good advisor, and remarkably flexible, given our propensity to change our minds several times about our requirements. I would recommend him highly to anyone (and I have done so, many times)."

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Carl Orbach Q.C.

I have known Richard as one of his clients and as a lawyert who was actively involved in real eatate tranactions. I have found it very difficult to believe most salepersons as they have a terrible reputation for exaggeration and their primary interest is to get your signature. Richard is on the other hand a true professional, honest and and an expert who does not try and fool anyone and his word is his bond.I trust Richard's judgment and analysis and his dedication to completing a sale is extraordinary. He deserves his reputation as a top saleperson and i sincerely trust him.

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Don and Suzanne

Right House, Right Price, Right Location. We couldn't go wrong with Richard Silver. In about 20 years of house-buying and selling with him, we found him sympathetic, perceptive, and CALM -- especially when I was hyperventilating.

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Justin and Jill

Richard Silver is a great real estate agent. We kind of inherited him - he was the agent on the house we were interested in buying. He made the process so much easier. He is knowledgeable about his markets and his clients and he provided lots of information on the neighbourhood and the house. He was honest and pleasant, and he never bugged us. We would recommend him to anyone buying or selling in Toronto.

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David Smith

I've been working as a mortgage broker for over twenty years now, and Richard was one of the first agents I worked with. I'm delighted that over the years that relationship has never faltered. I'm now one of the most successful mortgage brokers in Toronto and he is one of the most successful agents. In all these years, I've never had a property he's sold no appraise for value, I've never had to second guess a closing, I've never had a deal not close. My only problem with Richard is that his clients don't come back. Not because they're unhappy: it's because they never move again!

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Sandra and Michael

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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Steve and Liz

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

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Derek & Doug Vanstone / Mercer

Our first home! We are so excited - and we couldn't have done it without you. We never felt pressured or rushed, and your calm and professional advice was always there to back us up. Thank you for all of your help and for being so patient with us. You are the best!

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Shari Amram

Working with Richard was a wonderful experience, his knowledge and unique familiarity with cabbagetown made selling my house easy and worry free. He was readily available, always friendly and we sold in less than a week. I look forward to working with Richard and his team in the future. I will happily refer him to everyone I know.

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Chris Bennett and Genevieve McKillop

We met Richard a number of times at open houses when we were looking for our first house in Cabbagetown and again when considering options to upsize later. Richard's professional, friendly approach and knowledge of the downtown area always impressed us. When we decided sell our Cabbagetown home, the only agent we called was Richard.

Our selling experience with Richard proved to be every bit as good as we expected it would be. Richard was professional, responsive, and brought in a team (photographers, stagers, etc.) to get our house ready within days of our decision to sell. Richard coordinated all aspects of the listing while we were out of town, and made the process completely painless. Richard's market knowledge was incredibly helpful and he provided very useful strategic advice.

After the first weekend open house we had an offer that we were happy with and our house was sold within a week of being listed.

Whether you are looking for an agent to sell your downtown home or are looking to buy in or around Cabbagetown, it does not get any better than Richard and we would gladly recommend him to anyone.

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Len Chapman

25 Years ago, when I was a brand new Realtor, my manager suggested I get to know Richard because he was way ahead of the curve in our business. Richard was kind enough to share his knowledge and show me his set up, which included a computer that tracked his clients, and produced an automated paper newsletter. Very cutting edge!

I still remember being wowed to see a printer that actually wrote on envelopes. My how far we’ve come…

I still consult with Richard and attend his courses a lifetime later. There’s always much to learn, and I love learning it from folks like Richard.

Len Chapman
Royal Lepage Your Community Realty

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