There are many things I can say about the high quality of service I provide to my home seller and home buyer clients, but probably none would be as credible as testimonials from some of my recent clients themselves.
So please take a moment to read the following testimonials. I hope they indicate my experience and integrity, as well as make it clear how much I enjoy helping people with their real estate needs.
Message of Appreciation:
On behalf of my family I want to let you know how pleased we are with the service you provided in the sale of my deceased sister's house. We had concerns about the timing, the market and the whole real estate situation in general, but your quiet assurance, professionalism and knowledge of the neighbourhood instilled confidence in us that you were the right person to represent us.
Although we were skeptical about our chances for a prompt sale, we listened to your advice on what we could do to the property to improve its marketability and were impressed in your willingness to invest your own time and resources into enhancing this effort. We worked together as a well organized team and were able to sell it in less than a week!
Thank you for your help in being able to pull this together and make it work on such a tight time line. We certainly would recommend you to anyone looking for the services of a real estate professional. Thanks again and best wishes for continued success.
Tom Klett, Gainsborough Road
"Jack recently helped me sell my house at 339 Springdale Boulevard. I accepted a posting to Luxembourg and I needed to sell my house quickly, but I was still interested in obtaining the best price possible. I am very happy with the results: we had five offers and the house sold for more than I was anticipating.
Jack and his decorator helped me to show my home to its optimumadvantage with the least amount of effort and expense on my part. Theywere very specific in terms of what to do and told me exactly where to obtain a few things to dress the house up, at the best possible price.
This sale was the fourth time that Jack has acted as my agent. He knows the area extremely well and he's always kept me well informed as to what my options were – whether buying or selling. I have recommended Jack to friends and associates in the past and will continue to do so – he's shown me that he always puts his clients' interests first.
"To Prospective Clients of Jack Ridout:
Jack was our agent when we bought 395 Kingswood Road in 2003. He worked hard for us then, and we learned to trust his judgment. When it came time to move on and put our house up for sale in October 2008, Jack demonstrated his thorough dedication and professionalism on the listing, marketing and selling side.
Jack was very helpful and resourceful in assisting us with the staging of our house, so that potential buyers saw it in its most favourable light. He helped us select a listing price that best reﬂected our propertyʼs value in this changing real estate market. His professional quality images and video that were viewed on many internet sites had prospective buyers very interested in our house before they ever set foot in it.
At the outset, we felt that MLS exposure and showings by agents would generate enough interest for a quick sale. Because of that, we did not see the value of having public Open Houses. However, Jack strongly recommended that we hold them – as many as possible. He explained that even in a stronger market, a house like ours typically gets more attention in the spring, when many move-up buyers prefer to time their closing date with the end of the school year. He cautioned that we were now in a changed market, that we may get less showings than hoped for, and that we needed the additional exposure of public Open Houses. Weʼre glad that Jack encouraged us to see their value and then followed through by holding 14 of them. The buyers of our house live in this area, saw the video on the Net, came to a web-advertised open house – ﬁrst the wife on a Saturday and then the husband on a Sunday – and only then called an agent they knew to prepare their offer.
Jack – you did everything necessary (and then some) to get our house sold for a good price in a challenging market. Your positive energy, your attention to detail and your dedication were all greatly appreciated. I would recommend your services to anyone!
Thanks Jack – for a job well done!"
Mark Cyre, Kingswood Road, Toronto
"It is my sincere pleasure to recommend the services of real estate sales representative Jack Ridout. From our initial meeting, Jack was on top of the situation – extensively marketing the sale of my mother’s house, preparing promotional materials, handling advertising and hosting open houses. He showed excellent attention to detail, covering all the bases by encouraging sales associates with his agency as well as other brokers to view the property, with the intent that it be shown to as many buyer clients as possible. His guidance with respect to realistically pricing the property and presenting it in the best light was invaluable. At the same time, he understood the extenuating circumstances that resulted in ongoing negotiations with prospective buyers, so that a closing price acceptable to our family could be reached. Jack was most understanding of the “emotional” environment around the sale of our home that had been a focal and physical cornerstone of our family for more than 50 years. A sale to my mother’s and our family’s satisfaction in just three weeks from start to finish was a remarkable accomplishment for all concerned. Again, thanks Jack for a job very well done."
Douglas Philpott, Valerie Road, Toronto
"Thanks Jack, for helping me sell my house so quickly and efficiently! Your all-out marketing blitz resulted in lots of showings, and you were great in keeping the other agents' interest. I am happy that we received more than one offer and the two week closing I got is a dream! It was a stressful time, but you made it easier by continually keeping me up to date and always remaining upbeat. You were very clear in what I had to do to make my home show well. The photos that your professional photographer, Steve Leach took were great. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into this sale and I will be pleased to tell my friends and neighbours about you."
Karol Dulmanis, Wildwood Crescent, Toronto
"We started out trying to sell our house privately. When we met Jack, he was very helpful in showing us how our home compared with others on the market. He also identified a few things that could be done to make our house easier to sell. A number of other agents came by, but we were comfortable with Jack's marketing approach and his knowledge of the area, so we decided to list with him. It was a pleasure working with Jack. He followed through with all the things he said he'd do and he always kept us up to date with e-mails and phone calls. We're very happy with the results and we will definitely be recommending his services to our friends."
Martin & Chandra Drevjany, Hollywood Crescent, Toronto
"We own a drycleaning business on Queen Street at Scarborough Road. Our friends told us that The Beach was a good area to bring up a family.We were living at Yonge and St. Clair and we decided to buy a home closer to our business. We met Jack at just the right time. He patiently answered all our questions about why certain houses that looked similar on MLS.ca were priced quite differently. We were glad to work with someone who knew the area so thoroughly. Jack would already have information prepared for us on some properties before many other buyers were getting the information from their agents. In over two months of looking, we saw every house that was available in our price range, including many private sales that Jack knew about. We lost out on multiple bids a few times, but when the home we are now living in became available, we realized what a good opportunity it was for us: in the Balmy Beach School district and just a half-block from our business. We then sat down and carefully worked out our strategy. Ours was the winning bid and we were thrilled to be moving to our new home! The morning after buying the house, Jack helped us save a lot of money on our car and home insurance. We were faced with big rate increases from our previous insurer because we had not lived in Canada very long. He put us in touch with Vic O'Hearn, and he came out to meet us at our store, saved us a lot of money and solved all our insurance problems. Thank you Jack, for helping us buy our Beach home. We will be glad to recommend you to others."
Peter and Jeannie Cho, Scarborough Road (Gentle Q Cleaners, 2300 Queen Street East, Toronto (416)698-6462)
"Dear Jack: It is with pleasure that I am writing you this reference letter to acknowledge the outstanding service you have provided during my search for a condominium. I am most appreciative for the professionalism and thoroughness you have displayed. You were very attentive to my requirements, followed up and kept me very well informed. All this you did with gentleness and a smile! I will highly recommend you to colleagues and friends should a need arise. Once again, thank you for your outstanding service."
Eleonore Goulet, Henley Gardens Condo (Goulet Professional Translation Services http://www.translationpage.com)