ALEX & KATHERINE | BUYERS
Buying our first home together was something that we were eager to experience. Enter the Toronto housing market with its fierce competition, and all of the sudden the prospect of house shopping didn’t seem quite so alluring.
Mike made the buying experience a pleasurable one. With easy access by phone, e-mail or text, there was never a point in time at which we felt in the dark about the process. Most importantly, we valued Mike’s assistance in navigating us through the bidding war process. Specifically, he was able to advise us on how we could construct competitive offers, but in a way that didn’t put pressure on us to go higher than we felt comfortable with. We would highly recommend Mike, especially to other first time buyers.
GARY & ANNIE | BUYERS
As first time home buyers, my partner and I are very fortunate to have found real estate agent Mike Lind online. Working with Mike was a great experience as new buyers in the Toronto East market. Like many first time home buyers, we interviewed a few agents and down to a hard decision, we worked with Mike… and I’m sure glad we made the right decision. From the very beginning, we built a great relationship with Mike, which has made our first house hunting experience much more enjoyable than we had imagined. He’s very patient with a whole lot of experience and knowledge to offer.
What drew us to Mike was that we he knew, understood and experienced everything that we wanted. We wanted to live in the city, be close to public transit, close to the highway, good neighbourhood, have a short drive to the beaches/ downtown and most of all, not overpay in a crazy bidding war. Of course we knew that we can’t have everything and being in Toronto, we knew that either we had to compromise to spend more on a recently renovated home or buy a fixer upper. What we wanted wasn’t unrealistic, but the area was everything.
Mike is the perfect Toronto East agent because he’s very knowledgeable about renovations, older houses and he knows every pocket of the city. With each house viewing, he would continuously point out the negatives of the house so that we’re aware of what we’re faced with and he knew how to pick out the gem in the haystack. Most importantly, appearance and modernizing is always changeable and Mike always helped us seek houses with a solid foundation and gave us pointers of the improvements we could make to the house to suit our taste.
After experiencing our first house hunting story, we know that other agents that we have met through this process have nothing compared to Mike. The difference between Mike and other agents is that his heart is in helping people. He’s very passionate about what he does and his laid back and easy-going attitude has made our house hunting very fun, effortless and exciting. Above all, Mike is a top notch real estate agent to be reckoned with. Very highly recommended and wouldn’t have it any other way!
SHARMISTA | BUYER
Mike, Brendan and Mel were amazing agents! They worked as a great team and found our beautiful home! Things we loved about them: funny, responsive, tech savvy, extremely helpful, zero pressure, great analytics, helpful website and the list goes on. They hooked us up with all the right people and our transition was as smooth as it gets. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a great experience!
MELANIE C. | BUYER
If you think you couldn’t possibly buy a house you saw today at an open house because then you’d have to sell your house in 3 weeks and you have two kids under 5, enough clutter to wonder if hoarders might be secretly filming you, no stomach for the bidding war that you’ll surely find yourself in as the house you saw today was absolutely perfect, and well, your husband will kill you if you walk home and tell him you found ‘the one’…you actually can. With the help of the Brel Team, we did! I think when you have Brel on your side, you can do just about anything. Melanie and Brendan, who sold our townhouse and helped us buy our next house, answered my call on a Saturday afternoon at 5 pm. They were a little surprised to hear my love story given I was not actually in the market for a house, but by 6:30 we were all back at house, 2 agents, 2 kids, one husband seeing the house for the first time and me, completely smitten, so they could give an honest opinion.
By 4:00 the next day, we owned it – thanks to some astonishingly skillful negotiation, some serious handholding and lightening fast connections with everyone we needed for approvals, reports, crossed T’s and dotted I’s. It is absolutely my dream house and I don’t think anyone else could have made it happen for us. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
After our whirlwind see-one-day-own-the-next re-entry into the housing market, we had a 3-bedroom detached Upper Beach character home that needed to be re-homed. We had 6 weeks until the close on our new house and the daunting task of getting a family home with a 4 year old and a crawler listed and ready for showings in 2 weeks. Mike, our listing agent in the east end was the perfect combination of realist and coach – popping by with boxes, market research, a thorough understand of the ‘hood and a warm smile. By all accounts I should have been in a mad panic, but Mike’s calm kept us on track.
Thanks to the amazing list of contacts the Brel Team brings to the table, the process was much easier than expected. We had the house ready to list on time –and had realistic expectations for the sale of our home. Thanks to the amazing marketing, website, photography, staging help and Mike changing light bulbs at the last, and I mean LAST minute – we had a quick and successful sale and were able to make our 6 week closing with no issue. I couldn’t be happier with the experience.
As a seller, most Real Estate agents pitch that they will help you get the most for your home. What made the Brel team experience so amazing for me is that they helped me ensure my home was worth the most. I worked with Kristen through the process of preparing for sale. With the extensive Brel Team list of trusted suppliers, Kris was able to coordinate a huge amount of work – repair work, paint touch ups, storage help, de-cluttering help, staging help, (last minute panic storage help), even move-out day “I can’t get this f$#@(^) couch out of the basement and we close in 3 hours” help in our very short timeframe and within our very tight budget. Her sunny disposition and constant assurance “Don’t worry, I got this” made what should have been a horror show of a process feel like just another day at the office. I never thought prepping and selling a “lived-in family house” in 3 weeks and 3 days was possible. With Kris, Mike and the rest of the Brel Team, it’s not just possible, you can do it without shedding a tear or contemplating divorce…ok, maybe not the divorce part.
LOUISA | SELLERS
I have nothing but great things to say about the Mike Lind. From the moment my husband and I decided to put our North York condo up for sale, we knew we had to hire a real estate agent that was fast, efficient, customer service driven, and professional. Mike exudes all these qualities. One of the things that impressed me the most was how fast he was with responding to requests and inquiries. Whenever we needed something, he would reply to emails within minutes and I always knew I would be able to get in touch with him when needed, that was very important to me as I had a ton of questions, since I was a first time seller.
We listed our condo and within a week, it was sold at asking price. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and we will definitely be contacting Mike in the future. I highly recommend him!
CLEMENT | BUYER
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Mike Lind. Mike helped my wife and I find a condo in downtown Toronto. As first time buyers we had a lot of questions. We were glad to have Mike, who had a lot of sound advice and answered all the questions we had throughout the whole process. Mike was quick to respond to our text messages/e-mails whenever we had questions or wanted to see units. He would go out of his way, even cancelling his own plans to book viewings that fit our time schedule. Mike was very patient with us and never pressured us into any decisions. He is reliable, a genuinely nice guy, and we would recommend Mike to anyone looking to purchase a home.
SUSANN | BUYER
Our Real Estate Agent Mike Lind was recommended to me by a work colleague who had just purchased a very specific type of property with his help. What we appreciated the most was the down-to-earth attitude, the honest advice against properties that would not have been in our best interest, the speedy responses at all hours and the overall treatment we received being guided through the home purchase process. Mike displayed nothing but professionalism and transparency and will definitely be our first phone call if we ever decide to sell our home.
ANDRADA | SELLER
After doing a lot of research I found the Brel Team and I knew that my search was over. I contacted them and they put Mike in touch with us. We are so happy that we chose to have Mike sell our home. Immediately after meeting him we got the sense that he was very trustworthy and had our best interest at heart. He came prepared with a lot of information about our area and similar houses. Other agents we interviewed came empty handed (or with generic info sheets) as well as pushy. He is extremely knowledgeable and also quietly confident. Mike was available to us anytime we needed a question answered or had a concern. Hiring Mike was the best decision we could’ve made in regards to our home! We ended up selling our house for way above asking! Can’t recommend him enough. Thanks again Mike!!
CHARMIN & SILVESTRO | BUYERS
My husband and I recently purchased our first home – a downtown Toronto condo. This would not have been possible without the help of our Real Estate Agent. Mike Lind was highly recommended to us. The level of service received from Mike was truly remarkable! Communication was prompt and professional. He was realistic and practical, exactly what we were looking for. He quickly understood our needs and style and completely tailored his showings to us. We appreciate his time, patience and excellent service in one of the most important stages in our lives.
Charmin and Silvestro
TODD W. | BUYERS
We were very impressed with Mike Lind. Mike’s expert advice was essential for navigating this turbulent market. He helped us to keep our expectations realistic and, in the end, buy the home we wanted.
TIME & LE LE | BUYERS
We were on a tight timeline and as first time home buyers we needed to find someone who could be patient and listen to where we were in the process. Mike Lind was the perfect fit for us. We learned to trust his intuition and he was never hesitant to let us know if he had concerns about a house. In fact he went out of his way to give us a realistic picture. He never pushed us at all. Instead he gave us the time and space to feel that we owned every decision.
We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from Mike and recommend him highly.