February 8, 2019
Simon and I had talked about looking for a smaller home for about 2 years after our 6 bed, 4 bath home became too large for our needs. After a very spontaneous house viewing in Aug 2018, we found our new home and moved in within 2 weeks. Reality of selling our existing home kicked in and everything was fast and furious to list before the fall market. As soon as we listed $30K below our competitors, crazy price drops and under cuts followed and we felt the challenging, forever changing Calgary buyers’ market. By November 2018, we were extremely confused, very emotional and we decided to take the house off the market. We felt that renting was our only option, even though we both did not want to be landlords, and we set off down that path.
The same day that we arranged our 1st rental showing, Steven’s flyer landed in our mail box. I said to Simon that I was going to reach out to him that night and boy was I glad that I did! Instantly I knew he was the guy for us; professional, knowledgeable, passionate about his job, understanding, respectful, honest and the humor!
I asked to set up a face to face meeting but he wouldn’t until I read his testimonials. I didn’t take this seriously at first as I had already made up my mind, and after all, I was a potential new client, however, he was adamant that he wouldn’t meet up until we both did - we were very pleased to see that my initial gut feelings were expressed by so many other happy families. Our 1st face to face meeting confirmed that Steven was the guy to take the huge emotional pressure off our shoulders but the reality of ‘hitting the right listing price’ was a shock to the system for sure. Regardless of this, his positive knowledge of the real estate market, professional marketing strategy and the unique virtual staging abilities called to us. We trusted Steven to sell our home and we set off on our journey with him.
What was noticeable to me was Steven’s passion to protect us and ensure that all legal aspects were in place initially. It was very comforting to know that we wouldn’t get to the finish line and face last minute issues. The regular marketing updates, strong communication, and the viewings started flowing, even got one on Dec 24th! I admit I had a dream that we would be like so many of his other clients and received a C/S in a few days but even though that didn’t happen, we did receive 2 offers on the same day which felt amazing and we got to see Stevens negotiations skills put to the test.
I am a believer of fate. Our home was sold by Steven as promised and he never gave up on us for which we are truly grateful. He is an exemplary professional and we have no hesitation in recommending his services. I have told Steven that I do not think I will ever move homes again, but if Steven is still around for when my girls buy their first properties, I will know which number to call for sure.
- Thank you Heather & Simon D