Buying New Townhouse
Letter of Appreciation to Steve Shields Sotheby’s International Realty
I cannot begin to express my deepest and utmost appreciation to Steve Shields Realtor with Sotheby’s International. I first met Steve in 2016, he was referred to me by my Lawyer whilst I was involved in obtaining a market analysis of a family Estate Home. First and Foremost was the loss of a loved one and moving forward with all that had to be done. Steve was there during this process and assisted me in a capacity more than a realtor needed to provide. In October of 2018 Steve and I embarked on the next journey of finding me a new home “A new place he said which would be my home” We attended 30 or so more homes (showings) plus many more on print, Steve was always available to help me through all the stats and viewings, he would jump in his car and meet me at the many places that we viewed together.
I would text Steve and say “I think this is the one” Steve would say “I’m on my way “. Steve would run up the stats, talk to the listing Agent and by the time he arrived at the place of interest we would chat and go over all what this listing had to offer. In addition Steve would forward me stats and always be available to chat or text on the phone. Even while he was on holidays. Thus to the journey of finding my dream home became a reality in March when we put in an offer and the offer was accepted. Steve’s talent of negotiating fairly so that everyone was happy resulted in the acceptance of our offer.
Steve understood my emotions going forward and was compassionate and caring. He was knowledgeable in every aspect of a Townhouse purchase with Strata Documents. He was even a mentor to the New Realtor who had the listing. Closing was June and everything has gone so amazingly smooth thanks to Steve. Steve is knowledgeable, compassionate, fair, and trustworthy. Steve truly goes out of his way to ensure his client is happy and secure in the purchase of their new home.
I would highly recommend Steve and look forward to working again with him in 2020
~ Gloria E., Burnaby
~ Chanelle D., Pitt Meadows
Buying New Townhouse
~ Chanelle D., Port Moody
~Andrew R., Vancouver East
"We really appreciated your hard work, honesty and negotiation skills in getting us our place".
~ Yvonne L., Vancouver East
~ J. Lee., Burnaby
High Level of Attention to Detail - From the time Steve walked through the door he was on the ball, observing a high degree of details on our behalf. Although he wasn’t acting in an inspector’s capacity, he pays close attention to code/inspection aspects when viewing houses. It was refreshing to see he treated each house viewing like it was for himself, immediately highlighting any issues of concern as well as the positives. Steve is very diligent and noticed many features/issues of the houses we viewed with him that we didn’t. This is particularly helpful as often when viewing a property the purchaser can have a ‘blinkered’ attitude especially if the property shows well and they are not being realistic.
Property Appropriateness Analysis – Steve had a firm grasp of what we were looking for and could make sound judgement on whether a property was likely to work for us or not rather than showing us any or all properties in a general price range or neighborhood. He was also able to advise us on whether the house was a good buy or not. Steve showed a genuine interest in helping us to find the right property. Steve drove the neighborhoods with us commenting on aspects of the properties that potentially affected offer price negotiations as well as potential effects on future resale value.
Excellent Information Source – As a first time buyer in BC, Steve proved himself to be an invaluable and reliable source of information about the housing market and house buying process generally. He also went the extra mile in gaining additional information from City officials on our behalf as well as prompting the seller’s realtor when he wasn’t performing as expected.
Excellent Communication Throughout The Whole Process – Steve is a top notch professional who kept us informed continually throughout the process with excellent advice and feedback.
Excellent Knowledge Base – Steve is extremely knowledgeable on all parts of the house buying process including identifying and explaining the potential for incurring additional costs.
~ D. & V. McDowall., Fraser Heights, Surrey, BC
~ E. Goingo., Burnaby
First-time Home Buyer
Working with Steve for the last five months has truly been a pleasure. I cannot begin to express my utmost appreciation for all the work he has put in throughout this process as I was able to purchase my very first home! Steve has had access to a wide variety of connections and even introduced me to a great mortgage broker and lawyer who were both very well-experienced and resourceful. In addition to being professional and personable, Steve has always been very flexible and readily available to attend several viewings with me. For every viewing, Steve comes prepared and organized and continually provides me with an abundance of information on each property as well as current stats of the market! Steve also has great attention to detail and an extensive knowledge on what to look for in a property as well as what to be mindful of. Not only was he able to save me $15,000 off the asking price but he also managed to convince the sellers to pay GST. I have learned a lot from him over the last few months. He showed great empathy towards my concerns as a first-time buyer and instilled hope that I would find “the one”. I would not hesitate to recommend Steve to all my friends and family, and I am eager to work with him again in the future. Thank you so much Steve!
~ D. Hernandez., River District Condo., Vancouver East
"After my home had been on the market for 6 months without selling, i hired Steve Shields of Sotheby's Int'l Realty to market my home. His knowledge of the market, honest evaluation of my home and hard work got it sold fast. Steve used the interenet extensively, including virtual tours and worldwide websites to give my home as much exposure as possible. He held numerous open houses, REALTOR tours, neighbourhood flyers, and much more to help sell my home. His level of personal service was beyond expectations. In th eend, his creativeity helped piece together a deal that got me top dollar for my home and helped my find a great new investment property. There is no other REALTOR that i would recommend".
~ Marilyn S.
"We are both so impressed with Steve during the selling of our home. He marketed our home to local and internatonal markets for potential buyers. He followed up with agents after each showing to ascertain any interests or comments from prospects. We certainly felt he went above and beyond to sell out home. "
~ D. & R. Moser
"SOLD...in under 60 days...for exactly the amount he said he would get! Steve's ability to bring the right buyers into my home made the selling process easy. His marketing included listings on many site on the internet, open houses, newpaper advertising and more. While many othe rhomes in our neighborhood have not sold, Steve looked after all the details and sold mine fast. Right down to negotiating the deal, Steve looked after all the details, and made the process an enjoyabe and worry free one.
~ Phyllis R.