Kevin provided us with expert support in both the purchase of a new home and sale of our current home. His relationships, network, and market knowledge proved critical in providing us with the right opportunity to purchase a beautiful new home for a great price. As it happened, we had no intention to buy a new home the day before we did, and as a result we were hopelessly unprepared to list our current home. In addition, in order to secure the new home we were required to provide an aggressive closing of less than 30 days. Kevin provided amazing support throughout the process leading to the listing and sale of our home in only 8 days. Kevin started by providing a conservative estimate on the sale price for our home, for budgeting purposes. He then developed an action plan to get our home list ready and spent countless hours in our home painting and completing several repairs/improvements. Kevin also provided expert staging services from Pearl Street Home Staging that truly made a huge difference in the sale price of our home. Most importantly it was always very clear that Kevin was working in our best interests. When we received a very strong bully offer after being on the market for <8 hours, he encouraged us to pass, assuring us that we could ultimately do better. He was right, by waiting another 24 hours we had several offers for a significant amount more. We’ve had bad experiences with other agents, where significant pressure was applied to accept the first decent offer, and that is absolutely not Kevin. His primary interest was making sure that we got the most we possibly could for our home while being sensitive to risk tolerance. We would strongly recommend Kevin to anyone looking for an agent.
Kevin provided us with outstanding service in the time leading up to and including the sale of our home. He was accessible and easy to reach; answering our questions as they arose. The advice provided by Kevin was demonstrative of a balanced approach, taking into account our perspective but also instilling confidence in his experience and expertise in the housing market. Kevin provided us with advice that ultimately yielded a record breaking sale in a market that was facing some uncertainty. While others suggested that we consider lower rate agents, I believe Kevin provided value added beyond merely ‘listing’ our house. He was with us every step of the way, from helping line up contractors and stagers to bringing flowers and other last minute touches that helped make our house extra special. I recommend Kevin to any friend or family member interested in selling their home as I believe he applies the same care, attention, knowledge and expertise to each of his clients.. and i know they will be in excellent hands!
These days, finding a great apartment to rent can be almost as stressful as finding a great home to buy! And we don't often have the luxury of also finding a good landlord. However, my dealings with Kevin Smith, in my recent move, have been wonderful. He was patient, helpful, and open to reasonable compromise throughout the process, and ever since. He responds quickly to any questions I have, and does all the tasks that other landlords only say they will do. I can only guess that his dealings in real estate would be just as fantastic!
I came to Kevin in summer of ’09 saying that I wanted to be a home owner before 2010. 2009 was the onset of recession, prices slumped then rebounded steadily for record sales months, all driven by supply shortage, pent up demand, and buyers racing to beat escalating prices and HST. Kevin was focused and smart in helping me navigate the potential housing bubble, while securing numerous options for consideration. He not only guided me through a stressful activity (first time home buy process), but managed me and my expectations throughout. During negotiations with sellers, he read the signals, and maintained a critical poker face, ensuring I didn’t overpay. Kevin is the guy you want looking after your real estate needs, he knows the market, he gets to know you, and he knows how to play the game to win.
For me, as it probably is for many, selling my house was an emotional thing. Kevin did an excellent job of working with me to get the house properly positioned to sell in that context of emotion. He knows how to get offers in the door and coaches you through the negotiation process naturally. Kevin helped turn a stressful part of my life into a satisfying one. I look forward to working with him again. If you are thinking of selling or buying, do it with Kevin Smith.
Kevin, Your handling of the sale of my condo was a most pleasant and profitable experience. From the initial comparables that you showed me in order to set the price to the superior staging, and the immediate multitude of showings, and ultimately the sale within two weeks (in such a downmarket), all were smooth and very professional. I feel I received a very good price due to your diligence and skill. The subsequent purchase of my new condo more than met my expectations. I needed a specific area and had many unique requirements. You found a unit for me on the very corner I wanted and it met all my requirements…..I thank you for a smooth transition and your very special personal touch.
Kevin was referred to us by a number of people after an unsatisfactory experience with another agent. He made sure that we were well educated on the current market conditions as well as the expected costs with buying and selling our house, leaving no last minute surprises! Kevin was patient and honest with us, making sure we were confident and comfortable with any decision that we made. His knowledge of the market is only matched by his dedication to his clients. We have already recommended him to friends and family, and will continue to recommend him to anyone!
Kevin turns all preconceptions about real estate agents on their head. He epitomizes client service and there is nothing he won’t do to ensure you get the home you want. Having recently returned from England, my wife and I needed guidance on the Toronto market before buying. Kevin discussed options, listened to our concerns and then delivered in spades. He’s great to work with, has a can-do attitude and is always striving to get you your dream home. We couldn’t recommend him more highly – he’s the real deal.
Kevin Smith was a supportive asset to have as we searched for our first home. We were very inexperienced and naïve about the current housing market. As recommended, we made a list of the must-haves and had a reasonable budget. Kevin showed us many homes over a couple of months. He always suggested getting a feel for a house. Before we found our home, Kevin encouraged getting a pre-approval with a trusted and recommended broker. Ironically, we walked through our home 6 months ago during an open house. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. With no guidance from a realtor like Kevin, we simply admired the home and continued on our way. Fast forward to March of this year, we decided to enter the housing market since our one bedroom apartment was not going to address our growing family needs....
...Among the listings that Kevin sent us, faith intervened and our dream home re-appeared into our lives. We knew we had to attempt our luck and place a bet regardless of the out come. Kevin walked us through the process and how to best secure our offer. Sitting in his car impatiently awaiting happiness or rejection on offer night was indescribable. We had accepted whatever was to come since it was our first offer and our first attempt to becoming homeowners. Friends and colleagues cautioned that we should never fall in love with a house since bidding wars are common in Toronto. But we did and we were successful! We would recommend Kevin Smith to anyone who wants a knowledgeable and confident Realtor to help you through the process.
If you’re looking for a Real Estate Agent I’d love to recommend Kevin for your consideration. With his help we were able to accomplish the ideal scenario – buy low and sell high. He provided key insights on the purchase, on what to look for, on what to bid, and what to do when things got complicated – and helped us get our dream home. When it came to selling, he offered great insights on what the key areas are to invest in, and offered some excellent contractors (painting, staging, parging, and drywall) to present our house in the best light. Thanks to his research and strategy, we had 63 appointments and 11 offers, selling well above list. Thank you Kevin for going above and beyond!
Kevin came recommended to me by a friend. He was calm, reassuring and totally patient as he helped me find my home. At no point did I feel pressure or get the ‘salesly’ vibe that people come to dread in realtors… if anything, Kevin was the voice of reason in every property that we saw, pointing out the good and not-so-good in every place, so I could make an informed decision. He’s an awesome dude to boot – good natured and with a sense of humour, which made looking for places totally enjoyable. And when I found the place I LOVED, Kevin delivered – going the distance to make sure I got my place. He definitely gets my seal of approval!
Thank you so much for your help with the recent sale of our house. Your expertise & knowledge guided us through a path we never traveled before. Your patience, kindness, intuitiveness was amazing as you seemed to know times when I had feelings of apprehension, uncertainty and helped bring calm in the anxious moments. You are reliable, answered questions, returned phone calls, emails immediately. We have complete faith in your ability as a real estate agent and made a positive difference in our life. You are an asset being a representative for Re/Max and would not hesitate to give your name as reference to anyone who may wish to sell or purchase a home. Thanks again. Your help was really appreciated.