Extraordinary during what was a complicated sale
– Joanna S.
We met Hal at an open house and were so impressed with him that we kept his business card for 9 years. When we were ready to sell our home and purchase a new one, we spent a year looking at over 70 open houses but never came across a realtor who could match Hal’s professional, yet very friendly approach, not to mention his unique qualifications. Hal was nothing short of extraordinary during what was a complicated sale, and we shudder to think how a different realtor might have handled it. During our search for a new home Hal always responded to our endless questions within 24 hours if not immediately (which was, we think, about 99% of the time), and he made us feel like we were his only clients, even though we knew we weren’t. And when we made an offer on our dream home we were stunned at his remarkable negotiating skills. Hal is an honest, highly experienced realtor with obvious integrity, and we feel fortunate to have kept that 9-year-old business card!
Selling a family home
Colleen P. and Rod G.
You understand that the sale and purchase of a home is more than a financial transaction. There are memories and emotional bonds connecting us to our homes. Your insightful and considerate awareness of human nature, combined with your keen marketing skills, attention to detail and professional manner made you the ideal person to guide us through that process. We don’t believe we could have had a more positive experience with better results in any of our three dealings with you, and we do not hesitate to recommend you highly to anyone wishing to buy or sell a home.
A positive selling and buying experience
Neil P. and Alix F.
We are writing to thank you for handling both the sale of our old home and the purchase of our new home. Your patience, professional approach and dedication made our real estate experience an extremely positive one. Throughout the entire process of selling and buying, your background as a real estate lawyer and as someone who has bought and renovated many homes in Victoria was invaluable. We knew we were in excellent hands. ... We highly recommend you to anyone seeking an excellent real estate agent in Victoria.
Experienced, knowlegable (and fun)
Charles & Cythnia D
Over the years, we have purchased a few houses as we lived, worked and played across Canada. Some of the home buying experiences have been good, one experience was bad. Mostly, the quality of the experience of purchasing a home has been largely influenced by the quality of the Real Estate agent that provided assistance. As a result of your assistance in our recent purchase of a home here in Victoria, we wouldn’t categorize the experience an either good or bad… we would have to say it was actually FUN! We really appreciated the way in which you responded to and handled our disorganized approach to finding and buying a place while we were distracted during busy times at work.
Patience and accommodating
Halem & Tanya E.
Thank-you for helping us purchase a condominium for my parents. Your familiarity of the area and knowledge of the process was extremely helpful. You were also very patient of and accommodating to our special criteria and busy schedule. You took the time to listen to our requirements, helped us to refine them and explained the procedure during the purchasing process. We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know who is looking for an real estate agent.
Professional follow through on everything
.... the professional follow-through on everything from checking on buried oil tanks, through municipal liens, zoning and planning by-laws that might affect the view, and on to identification of all the services we needed to complete before our closing and moving in were exemplary. We'd have no hesitation in recommending, indeed insisting, that our friends, family and acquaintances should use you for any real estate transactions in Victoria.
Clients' interests are protected
Jonathan Z. & Melanie A.
Hal’s dedication to his customers is unparalleled; he tirelessly researches the market to find the home that will fit the needs of his clients. Hal differs from many other realtors in the sense that he understands the market from the customer’s perspective having bought, sold, and renovated many houses himself over the years. In addition, with his legal background, Hal knows how a contract should be structured to ensure that his clients’ interests are protected.
Responds heroically to our sense of urgency
John & Laura S
Without the benefit of time or local knowledge, we were concerned about our ability to make the right choices and decisions on a transaction of such financial and personal magnitude. Our main source of anxiety was that we didn’t know anyone locally that we could trust to help us. And then we met you. At our first meeting we were impressed by the time you spent trying to understand who we were, what our goals were, and what we wanted in a home. You were generous with your time and respectful of ours. You were flexible. You found babysitters for our children, made yourself available to our schedule, and responded heroically to our sense of urgency. You went beyond the call of duty. You went beyond the call of duty.
A warm and friendly community
We've been in our new home for a couple of months now, and it's turning out to be the very thing I was looking for ... From our first contact you made my son and I feel that we were joining a warm and friendly community. You clearly went beyond the basics of finding a home for us, and when the time comes for us to move on, rest assured that the first call I make will be to your office.
Dedication and persistence cleared all the obstacles
Rina & Andy V.
Thank you so much for everything: You sailed us through the sea of purchasing a house in Victoria, smoothly, safely and quickly. At all times, we felt confident that you would navigate us to our destination efficiently. Your attention to detail and your efforts to get all the information were beyond all our expectations. Your dedication and persistence cleared all the obstacles from our way, even after we moved to the new house.
Thoughtfulness and wisdom made the whole experience memorable