Trish represented us when we set out as first-time home buyers earlier this year. We were in great hands! Trish was responsive, knowledgeable, and negotiated aggressively to get us the best deal. (Posted to LinkedIn)
"Trish is a great person to work with! She's really enthusiastic, super responsive and goes the extra mile to get you the house. When I had questions, she not only got back to me right away, but she knew the answers. She is so knowledgeable about the market and could speak to many aspects about each house - the architecture, the design, possibilities for renovations and even the problems and potential hazards of each property. I highly recommend Trish."
Celestina D. (Seller) "Not all situations are alike and I had a very unique house to sell. Prior to working with Trish Bongard as my realtor, I had other agents who really didn't understand my unique situation. They used strategies that didn't work. Trish came in and knew exactly how to "market" the house and sell it (it went for over asking). The experience at each phase of the sales effort was superior, such as useful insights on pre-listing renovations and staging, inspection reports, floor plans, effective showings and proactive facilitation during the sales negotiations. Trish's excellent service, frequent communication, professionalism and dependability made the sale process of my house so much easier. Her attention to detail as well as her knowledge of the current market assisted me in understanding what people are looking for in a home. Trish, you went above and beyond and I would certainly recommend your services to anyone that is interested in buying or selling a home. Thank you!" 2016
"I love my new farm! Trish was diligent, proficient, informative, and moved the buying process along quickly and with just the right amount of genuine enthusiasm. Trish possesses the skills necessary to create a fine real estate experience, either on the buying or selling side, and I highly recommend her services to others."
"My wife and I recently engaged Trish Bongard for the sale of our existing home at Bloor/Dundas West and the purchase of our new one in Roncesvalles Village. Overall, we were both amazed at her tireless commitment, depth of market knowledge and ‘hands on’ approach. She guided us through the purchase process adeptly and got us the result we wanted. The sale was somewhat challenging and had some hiccups (not of her doing) but she proved to be an excellent problem-solver and was able to draw from and lead an amazing team of resources to stage, show and ultimately sell the house. Trish, again, got us the result we wanted and we would both recommend her to prospective buyers and sellers without hesitation." 2016
"Trish was terrific, hands-on and resourceful, thorough and astute."
Trish Bongard Godfrey was invaluable to Ann and me as, under considerable time pressure after selling our house, we sought to buy another in a hot market. She gave us all the time we could use to look at possibilities. Her greatest strength was her ability to infer from our reactions to a succession of houses in a variety of locations what would in the long run best suit us.
"Recently Trish was able to find and negotiate a rental home for my family and I. She worked as hard and as dilligently as if she were negotiating the purchase of a $3MM home. Her hard work on our behalf resulted in us finding the perfect home in our budget which meets most, if not all, or our stated needs. She was persistent, always worked on our behalf, never rushed or pushed us and most importantly, given the small amount of commission she earned on this transaction, never made us feel she had more important things to do." 2015
"Trish has been a star for us – with just a week to work with in the summer of 2012 (we were relocating from the UK) as a buyer representative Trish found a number of suitable homes for our family and in less than six days (and three different offers) we found a great house in a perfect neighborhood. She also introduced us to a helpful lawyer and mortgage broker. Three years later we were on the move again and Trish represented us as sellers and in less than two weeks sold our home at a very substantial profit. She and her team did an amazing job helping us showcase the house so we hit the market the right way at the right time. We highly recommend Trish to anyone needing help as a buyer or a seller." 2015
"We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your excellent and friendly service during the sale of our family house last week. You went well above and beyond what we were expecting from a Realtor. Your serious negotiating skills proved invaluable to help us get through a very sensitive and difficult situation and you handled it all with the utmost professionalism. We would recommend you to anyone looking to sell."
"We were very pleased with the service and hard work that Trish provided us in selling our property. She proved to be an excellent communicator and went well above and beyond what we were expecting from a realtor to get through the various problems. In addition to her superior knowledge, skills, and efficiency, she has also demonstrated a high degree of integrity. We definitely recommend Trish as a realtor to anyone." 2015
“Trish, thank you for all you did to sell my condo. You are a professional in every sense of the word. There is no question you are action-driven. You left no stone unturned in selling the unit. Your positive energy and enthusiasm made the whole process of getting ready for the sale so much easier. I appreciated your creative and innovative approaches in advertising the open houses, and your honest and insight suggestions on staging the condo to facilitate the sale. But what I am really grateful for was your handling of and due diligence re: the sale negotiations. Thank you for handling everything with integrity and grace. You’re just top-notch and I would be pleased to give any potential client a reference for you.”
“Thanks to the hard-work, talent and professionalism of Trish Bongard Godfrey...we have just closed on a property in Toronto, Canada. My husband and I are expats living and working in Taipei, Taiwan, but looking to retire back home in Canada in the next few years. Trish was an outstanding agent, and given our challenges of time and travel, assisted us in finding the perfect home. Trish quickly understood what features, such as light and location, were of utmost importance to us. She possesses an impressive knowledge of the downtown areas of Toronto and her advice was invaluable. There was neither pressure to buy or reject any property. There were many viewings arranged that provided us with an incredible number of opportunities, in our very short schedule, to see the many choices in both design and price range. As a result, we are incredibly thrilled to have found the perfect place for us. I enthusiastically recommend Trish Bongard Godfrey to anyone looking for a home in Toronto.”
“I wanted to thank you, on behalf of Lyndsay and myself, for your work in selling our house at Walmer Road. You did an excellent job for us. The enthusiasm and energy you expended on marketing the house and exposing it to the widest possible set of buyers exceeded our expectations. We thought your advice on matters related to the listing and marketing were first rate, and we appreciated all the ideas you came up with to help us obtain a sale reasonably quickly in a changing market. Thanks again for your hard work and great insights throughout the process.”
“When I decided to sell my first home earlier this year, I didn't know much about the whole process. What I did know is that I needed to find the right agent for me. I met with a couple of realtors but after meeting Trish I knew my search was over right there. Talking with her was comfortable and very obvious that I was dealing with someone extremely experienced. She answered any questions I had in a way that made it very easy to understand. When presented with her marketing strategy, I was blown away. I didn't think selling a house could be so involved. Needless to say the house didn't last over a weekend on the market. The open house was a huge success with plenty of traffic. We got offers the second day for above asking. During the negotiation stage is when I saw her passion for the job really shine. I am so grateful to have found an agent like her that always had time to talk and made the whole process a pleasurable one. If I sell again, I know who I'll be calling upon.”
“Over the past year, you have been an exceptional real estate agent for us during our relocation to Toronto from London, United Kingdom. Through many phone calls and e-mails from abroad, you were able to get a great sense of what our family needs were, from finding the right schools and clubs to, most importantly, narrowing down specific areas of Toronto to live that would be suited to our lifestyles. You were able to commit a lot of time to us during our visits to Toronto for house viewings over the year. As you took the time to get to know our needs and wants, you were able to send us only the house offerings that would definitely appeal to us. This made property searching a lot more enjoyable and less tedious and time consuming! The purchasing process in Canada is completely different to the United Kingdom. Due to your great communication skills, you explained each stage very succinctly, recommended a fantastic lawyer, and made the whole deal stress free...
"Fabulous work! Thank you so much for everything you have done to facilitate this sale. You had a clear strategy and put it all into effect with professionalism and compassion. Your work is much appreciated by all of us!"
“Our moving date is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to get settled into our new home! We’re very excited, but feel we need to give credit where credit is due... YOU! First, we owe you thanks for finding this home; and second, for convincing us to get out of our comfort zone and open our minds a little. You’ve been an excellent realtor throughout this entire process. Many times have we heard from our friends, “Do you have a good agent? Because I know someone...” and every time, we’ve politely declined because we really do love working with you and value your insights. We will happily refer you to our friends and family as someone who not only knows the city ...
“You did an amazing job today. Thanks for your quick work and creativity. You are wonderful to work with. Sorry we couldn’t crack open the champagne with you.”
“Dear Trish, I want to thank you for your excellent work in selling my house. I believe that many agents in my area pretty much set their recommendations based on recent sales in our enclave. What you demonstrated was that a wider market perspective could not only justify a significantly higher listing price but secure a sale at that price. All your pre-listing strategies were relevant to the sale and did not demand huge efforts or expense on my part. Your staging and preparation recommendations were based on practical common sense and all worthwhile. Once the offering was listed you utilized clever Internet skills to reach out and attract the attention of potential buyers who were not necessarily checking the MLS web listings. As it turned out, this strategy proved to be very effective. Your advice during the negotiation, buyer due diligence, and deal closing stages was also flawless; your support and positive attitude gave me the confidence to enter a transaction that I knew was in my best interests."
“Trish Bongard Godfrey was the agent for the sale of my father-in-law’s house in Rosedale, which sold after only a short time on the market. Together with her sensitivity on the personal side (my father-in-law being 89 years old), she was energetically hardworking, diligent and professional throughout. The whole family was very pleased with the way in which she looked after this – to the great satisfaction of my father-in-law. We have no hesitation in recommending her services to others.”
“We really love the house and it’s a fantastic location in proximity to the city and all its commodities. It has the charm and vintage of old houses along with the small inconveniences that go with them, but that we will get used to in time. The boys are very happy with their rooms that are more spacious than the ones they had [before], and [our daughter] is enjoying her very first bedroom. Again, we would like to thank for your help in finding our new home in Canada and we hope that next year, you will help us find our dream house.”
“Trish was my real estate agent when I had to purchase my most recent home. I had a very firm dollar limit and wanted to purchase very quickly. Trish helped me to find a place within my budget, in the neighbourhood I wanted, in very little time. Trish really understood the things I needed in a home and very enthusiastically and professionally went about finding it. I would have no hesitation in recommending Trish.”
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February 16, 2017 -- City of Toronto Council has approved changes to the Toronto Land Transfer Tax that mean additional Toronto Land Transfer Tax costs for some home buyers with a closing date on or after March 1, 2017, when it will be harmonized with the provincial LTT.
Happy New Year. I hope you have had a good start to 2017. It would be folly for me to make any big predictions about President-elect Trump and his impact on real estate or anything else. I think we can agree that uncertain, unpredictable, and unconventional are terms to describe this man. And while businesses (and many ordinary humans) tend to want predictability and stability, there is certainly a big part of the world that is unhappy with the status quo. The stock markets seem happy with him so far, but we have a divided world.
In my office we have a white board where agents post their recent sales. It includes the address, list price, sold price, number of offers and who represented the Buyer and the Seller. The board I wish we had is the wall of deals not made: Deals Not Done. These would offers prepared and presented in multiple offer situations for clients and who did not get the deal, because that would be very revealing, too. Recently I represented Buyers for a lovely home that sold for well over list price. There were 6 offers all together. There had been 7, but one dropped out I assume because of the competition. The next night, a colleague texted me at about 9 PM to say she was sitting in a car, waiting, and was representing one of 20 offers on a property that was a “first time buyers” home, on a busy street in the far east end of Toronto. It sold for over $900,000. These are just anecdotal stories: we all have them. You’ve heard them.
And I predict Ex-pats will be coming back.
For the past month, global news has been dominated by the British referendum on leaving the European Union. The good news is, Brexit could turn out to be good for the Toronto real estate market.