"- Mary Dunkerly, RN, CPN (c)
This letter serves as a testimonial regarding the excellent and professional treatment that I received from Paul Magnus when he undertook to sell my condominium in Mississauga earlier this year.
He sat and discussed with my son and I, the advantages of carrying out some changes that would make the apartment more presentable and therefore more attractive to Buyers. With the help of his associate Timothy Burke, they reshaped the entire apartment, added throws to the couches and paintings on the walls. The end result was that my apartment looked as if it belonged in one of those House Beautiful Magazines.
Paul also spent numerous hours speaking with prospective buyers, being available for numerous open houses and showings and put in place a very attractive marketing plan that included flyers and newspaper advertising.
The property sold for a price that was well within my expectations. I therefore have no reservations in recommending him as a very professional and results oriented Real Estate Sales Representative.
"- Ivan Wahl
Sales Representatives, Timothy Burke and Paul Magnus, recently handled the sale of my apartment condominium at 38 Avoca Avenue, Toronto.
I could not have been more pleased with their handling of the transaction;
- They guided me to make some minor renovations which resulted in obtaining a purchase price which was materially higher that two competing firms had promised.
- They staged the property at their own expense.
- The property sold at the asking price on the first day it was shown.
- They returned every email and phone call within minutes, not hours.
All in all, the transaction was handled to the best professional standard I have experienced.
"- Greg Orencsak
Re the purchase of my condominium in Toronto.
Paul made it easy to find my new home. He not only understood my needs quickly, but was with me all the way to make sure that things went smoothly right up to moving day. His attention to detail and commitment to provide the best care to his clients went well beyond my expectations.
"- Griselda Kellie-Smith- United Kingdom
Dear Paul and Timothy,
Re sale of Penthouse 1, 38 Avoca Avenue, Toronto.
Since October 21st, my mother's 90th birthday, you have worked tirelessly to make selling her nice apartment an absolute priority and success. The whole package from start to finish has been exemplary - and you were faced with some pretty mammoth difficulties.
First my mother had recently moved to a much smaller space, taking with her, her favourite treasures. So you had a half furnished apartment with the drab look homes always have at that stage in their career. It urgently needed sprucing up and some good design decisions made in order for the stunning view and exceptional light to be noticed by potential buyers. But there were no family members in Canada to deal with that.
Then it was in October 2008 and that the world was waking up to the extent of the housing/banking crisis. You helped us to make a swift decision to put the apartment on the market, where other real estate agents had advised waiting till the market picked up. You offered us an amazingly well-planned and comprehensive package of services which meant that we were able to hand the entire project to you, feeling confident that people who knew what they were doing were in charge.
How right we were, and how lucky. You didn't just go the extra mile, you went many, many extra miles in the things you did to make sure that the apartment looked it's best, was well publicised, that open houses were welcoming and successful and, ultimately the result was extremely effective. The apartment was sold before Christmas for a price that many other real estate agents had told us was impossible. After the sale you organized the selling of the furniture appropriately and well, and clearing of the apartment, all with the utmost efficiency and charm, so that on the hand-over date a pristine property was ready for the new owners on time, as agreed, with all the paperwork taken care of and signed. Everyone happy.
The whole family thank you. We admire your energy, attention to detail, good humour and professionalism and would recommend your uniquely personalised service to anyone wanting the best service possible when selling their property. On top of all that, you don't even charge any more than anyone else - quite remarkable!
With very best wishes and so many thanks.
"- Kevin Reid
Working with Paul was fantastic! His knowledge of the real estate market in the Toronto area was exemplary and he was willing to explore a very unique condo opportunity to further this knowledge. His kind, friendly demeanour made it easy to ask questions and discuss options. His response times were very prompt which is extremely important for the 'instant' information age. I will be contacting him when I want to sell!
"- Carolyn and Jennifer Watson
Re the sale of our mother's condominium at Yonge and St Clair:
Timothy and Paul represented our best interest at all times. They were diligent, thorough, helpful and appreciated everything that was involved for us in selling a home. They were a pleasure to work with.
"- Jacie Tan
I am glad to have met Paul going into my rental decision. He was professional throughout, speedy in his responses, and patient in helping me find a suitable place. As I only had experience living in rental mamagement buildings, I was slightly apprehensive about going through the condominium rental marketplace. The experience I've had working with Paul was informative and will definitely be useful for the next rental or purchase decision. Paul's focus on professionalism, combined with his lighthearted humour makes him a great realtor to work with."
"- Dishni Kiriella and Jason Jagessar
We would like to share our exceptional experience with Timothy Burke throughout the process of purchasing our very first home in Brampton last month.
As a young couple starting our lives together, we were unsure of where to begin in the many considerations that come along with the purchase of a new home. Throughout the entire process, Timothy was the consummate professional. He answered our countless questions in a timely fashion, providing us with valuable information far beyond that required.
Timothy worked, at all times, with our very best interest in mind. He managed to double the upgrade funds available to us from our builder and assisted us in negotiating a payment schedule that worked for us. While a top-notch professional, Timothy exudes a genuine, friendly nature which is a combination often hard to come by in Real Estate Sales Representatives.
In the future, we will have numerous real estate transactions to contend with. When these significant moments arrive, we are certain the process will move along smoothly being cognizant of this first experience we had with Timothy. We will continue to recommend him to our family and friends, many of whom are also beginning their lives together."
""We hired Timothy to help us find our first home in Toronto and our experience and results were nothing short of extraordinary! Timothy's dedication, passion and understanding of our needs helped us to find the perfect home in the area we wanted. His experience was invaluable when it came to negotiating with the sellers and helping us navigate through a multiple offer situation. He was always upbeat, thorough, and established an excellent rapport with sellers and their Agent...All of which made our experience a pleasure. I cannot recommend Timothy enough and will continue to use his services in the future"."- David Kavanagh
"- Cheryl Saunders
Dear Tim and Paul,
What a pleasure it was to have had you take care of me through a very difficult time emotionally with regard to the sale of my home in Ajax and the purchase of my condo finally in Mississauga.
From your first visit you came prepared with stats with regard to other homes in the area that had been sold recently and ensured we were fully aware of the whole process, inspected the property and identified changes and improvements that resulted in it being sold for 99% of the asking price within the first week of being advertised, even before the first open house took place! This was also at a time when the market was on the downturn. You not only staged our home to look larger than it really was and totally appealing, but also created a fantastic marketing plan professionally executed, covering not only Realtor.ca but various other websites, leaving no stone unturned. Whether it is a $200,000 property or a $5 million property you ensure your clients receive the same excellent all-round service and attention to detail.
Tim, I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your unfailing patience researching and viewing numerous condos and townhouses located from Ajax to Mississauga over several months, where I finally found a condo that had most of the features we had been looking for. Ironic that I eventually ended up with a newer smaller condo as recommended by you from the start, versus an older larger unit, which was what I thought I wanted! You also led me to an excellent mortgage interest rate and a lawyer to take care of the legalities.
Thanks again! I wish you both continued success and recommend you both without any hesitation as you provide all-round, results oriented professional service, taking a personal interest in your clients.
"- Shawaz and Nilakshi Rumzi
From beginning to end the experience of selling our home was nothing but pleasant. Timothy Burke and Paul Magnus were professional in every aspect, from the extensive advertising comprising professional pictures of our home to their unrelenting commitment to timely open houses; they brought in a flood of prospective buyers. This quickly led to the sale of our home above asking price, even in a recessionary market.
Timothy and Paul displayed loyalty throughout while maintaining responsive relations with prospective buyers. Being first time sellers we would indeed recommend the services of Timothy and Paul to our friends and family and will definitely be calling upon their services again in the future."
"- Dave Swindall and Courtney Parker
We hired Paul and Timothy to help us both sell our property and to find us our first home together. Thanks to their hard work, professionalism and knowledge of the real estate market, we were successful on both counts.
For starters, Paul and Timothy were extremely friendly and easy to get along with. They were extremely helpful in regards to staging our property for sale on the market. So much so that our condo unit sold for more than the listing price within 5 days of going on the market. Paul also helped us to find our dream town-home in the area that we wanted. He did so by giving us very helpful and informative advice, yet in a "pressure -free" manner which enabled us to make the final decision on any sale or purchase.
Finally, Paul and Timothy always went the extra mile for us whether it involved marketing our property, fitting us into their busy schedules or putting forth our offer to purchase on a property, in person. We could'nt have asked for a better realty team to help us in our first venture together into the vast real estate market.
It is with enthusiasm that we would recommend them to anyone who is looking for assistance with selling and/or purchasing a new home."
"- Laura Quinn and Mark Kinach
When we first met Paul Magnus, we were first time home buyers with a lot to learn. Paul helped us learn the process of planning to purchase a home and guided us throughout the entire process. Paul and Timothy had the patience and care to take us to see a variety of properties throughout the city. It was a tough market for buyers, with few properties on the market, but Paul was always ahead of the game, giving us listings and scheduling appointments at our earliest convenience. With his guidance, we found the property that was right for us-and with his expertise as a Realtor, we purchased the property for the price point we were looking for. Paul and Timothy saw us through from search to closing - they went above and beyond to give excellent client service. And, to top it off, Paul and Timothy's warm and friendly personalities made our viewing trips so enjoyable!"
"Re Paul Magnus and Timothy Burke- Michelle and Dave Aitken
We could not have asked for better agents and they were eager to assist us during a stressful part in our lives. They were quickly able to determine asking price and market strategy, and suggestions to improve curb appeal and value were provided in a very timely fashion.
Tim was there to point out the finer details, add the extra touches that made the house more appealing and was present as promised, to direct the photo shoot. His eye for detail and aesthetics is beyond compare. He was patient with our ever changing areas of focus with respect to our purchase and provided us with the listings for each of those areas within the price range we wanted.
Paul patiently researched and showed us homes that we wanted to see and was readily able to tell us the values of similar homes in the area to assist us in determining our offer price, which he negotiated.
They both worked tirelessly to not only sell our house but purchase a new one as well. We are very pleased!"
"Paul Magnus and Timothy Burke were the perfect agents for us in selling and buying. As we were first time sellers it was comforting to see their knowledge of our area and what buyers were looking for. They created a plan, explained the process and proceeded to sell our home in 5 days for 11% over the listing price.- Michael Mann and Deryck Dyal
When buying we had a certain style of home in mind. They were patient and showed us a variety of homes in different neighbourhoods. They stressed the importance of showing us a mix of properties and they were absolutely correct. We were able to find and buy our new home in 4 days.
Tim and Paul are dedicated and professional agents. They created a stress free environment in both selling and buying and also assisted us in obtaining our mortgage. We highly recommend them and would not use any other agent if we decide to sell and buy again."
"When professional help is needed, Paul Magnus should be at the top of your list. Based on our experience working with him, on three separate occasions, it is clear that he is the man you want on the job. He is a very hardworking professional realtor who elicits the types of characteristics you demand when looking for that perfect place. He always demonstrates the utmost diligence and attention to detail and has always gone above and beyond the call of duty.- Steve Cockerill and Allison Sherk
Paul is highly reputable and we strongly recommend him if you demand the best.
"Our home buying experience has been long and challenging. As first time buyers we had more questions than answers. Timothy and Paul were extremely empathetic and patient with us as they took us through this process. Timothy constantly supported us in our search as we looked at all our options and weighed out the pros and cons to every possible purchase. Timothy was honest and genuine in looking out for our best interest. We never felt pressured to purchase and Timothy knew exactly when we needed a break from our search to regroup and and re-energize so that we could make the right decision.- Pablo and Solania Ormaza
After finding our home Timothy continued to support us by contacting various professionals that would help us finance and purchase our new home. When we decided to customize our home Timothy also shared his experience and suggestions with us and proved once again that he was willing to go over and beyond a real estate agent's duties. This experience was educational and memorable because we started with a real estate agent and finished with a new home and a good friend that we will definitely work with again and would highly recommend to our family and friends."
"We had the pleasure of working with Paul this past summer in finding a condo in downtown Toronto for our two daughters. Living 4 hours from Toronto, we wanted to make as few trips back and forth as possible. Paul set up several appointments for us, taking our price range and needs into consideration. He offered us excellent advice and was able to find us a condo that met all of our criteria the very first trip to Toronto. We were able to do all further negotiating through email and fax. His prompt reply to all of our questions and concerns throughout the transaction was greatly appreciated.- Michael and Belinda Herbert
Paul made the whole process of purchasing a condo, quick, easy and without a doubt very enjoyable. Paul is wonderful to deal with and certainly goes out of his way to make sure that his clients' concerns are looked after.
We would without hesitation recommend Paul to anyone looking for a realtor!"
"When I told my friends I had a stress-free experience buying a house and selling a condominium they looked at me with disbelief. But it’s true.- Mary-Anne Taylor
Paul was recommended to me by a friend who had recently bought a house after a long search. I explained to my friend that I didn’t really know what I was looking for and wanted to take my time. That said, when I do know what I want I move fast and I can be a tough negotiator. So I was looking for a real estate agent who was patient, flexible, reliable and one that was prepared for me to make quick decisions and be aggressive. I found all that and more. Paul instantly put me at ease and made me feel like I was his #1 client. He quickly became accustomed to my likes and dislikes and always factored that in when showing me properties as to not waste precious time.
I ended up buying the very first house we saw after it was re-listed on the market with a new real estate agent. It was a quick negotiation and both of us were very satisfied with the price paid. During the buying process Paul and his partner Tim came to my home to assess the sale of my condominium. They spent 2-hours on a Saturday afternoon discussing the market and preparing me for listing. Every step of the way they answered my financial and legal questions and if they didn’t have the answer on the spot I would have an email within 24-hours. The listing went up on a Friday and the condominium was sold by Tuesday. Paul did a fantastic job managing the negotiation as both sides were aggressive and prepared to hold-out, but he persevered and sold at a record price in the building. If I recall he even got an email from a real estate agent who lived in the building congratulating him for making me the best deal ever! I forgot to mention that in preparation for the open-house Tim cleaned my oven as the ‘self-cleaning’ option made me nervous…now that’s top notch service.
From the start I told Paul that I was looking for a real estate partner. This was not just a new home but also an investment, and I planned to continue playing the market in years to come. Without hesitation I have recommended Paul to friends and family because I know it will be an enjoyable and successful venture. I’m so pleased to have Paul and Tim on my side, and to call them friends."
"Dear Paul,- Jacqueline SElman
Being a first time homeowner was intimidating but you patiently helped me through it. I appreciated your guidance throughout the process. It was great having someone explain the home buying process to me and show me what I needed to look out for when buying a home. I was in a hurry to find a condo by the end of March and with your help, I moved into a new place in a great location in Etobicoke. You absolutely made me relaxed and confident in my choice. I know we'll have a similar experience when I decide to sell and get a new place in the future. Thank you for everything
"I first met Tim and Paul through a mutual friend. When I found out they’re Real Estate Agents, I told them I was considering making a move but only if the perfect place became available. It soon became evident that Tim is very knowledgeable about the Toronto condo market.-
Over the next month or so, Tim and Paul stayed in contact with me and kept me posted on a new build condo in which I’d expressed interest because it met all of my requirements and was in the perfect location for me. Fortunately, a wonderful unit came available and they wasted no time setting up a viewing that evening. Despite a lot of interest from other parties, by next morning I’d made the purchase.
I never expected I would have bought so quickly, but it was the right decision and I got the condo for a very fair price. I am very happy in my new condo and have Tim and Paul to thank. I ‘d worked with other agents in the past and the experiences were never as pleasant. Tim and Paul’s easy going approach was very refreshing, however this approach does not interfere with their ability to get the job done.
I have found the agents that work for me.
Thanks Tim and Paul
"We recently worked with Paul and Timothy and wanted to take the opportunity to share our feedback about the experience. We downsized from a suburban family home of 25 years to a property in the downtown. The challenge for us as a couple was to navigate and negotiate the space, lifestyle and financial objectives in this sale and purchase. We began the journey with Paul & Timothy in mid January and from there the project began.-
Paul and Timothy each worked to their strengths as they engaged in a client/realtor relationship with us. They brought with them all the skills and resources required to navigate the project. Preparing the property for sale, marketing it and negotiating the deal went incredibly easily. They focused on our goals and always kept us in charge of the deal. The myriad of details and challenges in real estate transactions were handled by them professionally and effectively.
On the purchasing side of the deal we took a long time to determine exactly what our future new home had to be. We were never rushed and always felt that we had the resources and skill set of highly competent agents to make very challenging choices and decisions. We moved into our new home two weeks ago and can’t rave loudly enough about how smoothly the journey with Paul & Timothy went! We have recommended them to family and friends.
Richard & Carolyn Farquharson
""Paul Magnus helped us find our first home and made the process much less intimidating than we had imagined. His energy, knowledge, and fun, positive attitude even made it enjoyable. We are so happy with the place that we found- we highly recommend Paul.""- Lora Whyte and Kristian Galberg
"I could not have asked for better partners than Paul and Tim in my real estate journey. Their very high level of expertise, knowledge and professionalism made navigating the sometimes confusing and intimidating process easy, and their warmth and heartfelt friendliness separates them from other Realtors.- Kaitlin O'Brien
When selling my condo, Paul and Tim made invaluable recommendations to ensure my condo “showed” well and had unsurpassed knowledge of the Toronto market to price my unit. This, combined with their savvy marketing, garnered an impressive number of showings. Above all, they were master negotiators that I could trust to represent me - and they got fabulous results!
When purchasing my new condo, I felt that Paul and Tim understood exactly what I wanted and they made the process easy and seamless. Their incredible understanding of the Toronto market helped me make an informed decision and saved me endless amounts of time. They were always patient, never pushy, and a real joy to spend my home-hunting days with. I am thrilled with my new home and I am sure I would not have found somewhere so perfect without Paul and Tim’s help.
The overall support, responsiveness, insights and advice I received from them in both transactions exceeded expectations and I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
"Paul and Timothy successfuly completed the sale of our condo in early January. They are residents of the building and were recommended by the Bulding Manager. Their approach was professional,they had a good sense of value to be achieved and the strategy to get there. Importantly they were helpful in all of the activities that surround a sale,,,furniture storage,staging, painting etc."- David Ward
""As a first time home buyer I was very nervous about the entire home buying experience. Upon recommendation from a friend who had recently purchased a home using Paul's services, I gave him a call. From the very first conversation he made me feel at ease and comforted in taking on my first major investment. Paul helped me for almost a year to find a place that would meet my needs and still fall within my price range.- Darrelle Joseph
He was very patient in explaining terms, look-fors and things to avoid when purchasing my first home. I saw many condos with Paul, and at no time did I feel hurried or pressured. I always felt as though I was his highest priority, and he was always readily available to see homes (he even replied to my emails while he was on vacation!) That's dedication.
He went step by step through each and every paper and document and made sure that I understood all aspects before signing. Even after the final page was signed and the keys were in my hands, he was still there to ensure that I was completely satisfied with my purchase for weeks after.
I would recommend Paul and his company to any new home owner as he was very thorough and patient. I couldn't have asked for a better agent!
-Darrelle Joseph "
"It is a pleasure to write this testimonial for Timothy Burke and Paul Magnus.They sold my co-operative unit, which took two days, at a price well above asking and bought for me the condominium unit that I wanted at a price below asking. I cannot speak too highly of their integrity, enthusiasm and professionalism. They were readily available and were competent in all the administrative details involved in buying and selling real estate. I have no hesitation in recommending the team of Timothy Burke and Paul Magnus. Robin Lee"- Robin Lee
"We want to thank you so very much for guiding us along the long and winding road to first time house ownership. Your expertise, optimism and remarkable work ethic made the at times challenging process fun and seamless. Stu and I are thrilled with our new house and are very much looking forward to setting up our very first home as a couple.- Olga and Stu
Thank you for all of your patience and hard work. We would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our friends in a heart beat.
Olga and Stu"