Michael helped my wife and I buy a home this fall, and from start to finish (and beyond), he was a real pleasure to work with. We moved back to Toronto from San Francisco, and even before we arrived, Michael got to know us by phone and email and started sending us suitable listings.
Once we arrived, he drove us to many properties, encouraging us to get our feet wet. There was never any pressure tactics or dire warnings. As first-time buyers, we had a million questions and concerns, so it was helpful that Michael also comes armed with a lot of knowledge about home renovations, inspections and all of the potential problems to look for.
Throughout the process, he really got to know us and made great recommendations on what he thought would suit us best. He also connected us with a great mortgage broker as well as a property lawyer, who both gave us excellent service. And when we finally closed the deal, Michael helped negotiate our offer below listing price, while keeping expectations in check.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Michael to other people looking to buy a house -- he's friendly, cheerful, patient and hard-working.- Luke A. read more
Michael Wacholtz helped my wife, Leah, and I buy an AMAZING semi-detached home in Seaton Village. What impressed us most about Michael from the first time we met him, to this day, is his professionalism, his ability to connect with his clients and his technical knowledge, which I felt really differentiated Michael from other Agents.
Michael understood what we wanted. Simply said, Michael “got it”. He had a great sense of what we were looking for which ended up saving a significant amount of time as he filtered out numerous homes that wouldn’t have fit our criteria. In addition, we fully trusted Michael to check out potential homes without us first and identify the ones that should be considered.
Michael knows the Downtown core. We were looking at homes across a significant portion of the downtown core. Within our chosen area, Michael was able to help us understand the qualities of each neighbourhood, the viability of street parking (a high value downtown), the schools attached to each house as well the background behind certain streets that garnered higher prices.
Michael helped us identify and differentiate great homes from simply “great looking” homes When viewing older downtown homes which were somewhat or fully renovated, it was hard from a layman’s point-of-view to differentiate nice looking homes from well-built ones. Michael’s technical knowledge in this area was priceless, spotting problem areas of the home, homes that were cheaply renovated as well as ones with “great bones” that we could work with.
Michael does his homework. While one would expect that all Agents do their homework, after dealing with Agents on the other side of the table, it’s clear that not all do. Michael was great in analyzing the comparable houses in the neighbourhood as well as understanding the statistics regarding average sale prices related to listing prices. This was really helpful when trying to understand the value of each home.
The net result is that we were very happy with the service Michael provided to us and we highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for a quality, professional real estate agent who knows his stuff!- Leah and Jeff Hersh read more
Thank you Michael!
You were the best agent we ever could have hoped for – thoroughly professional, a calming presence, always had time for us no matter what the question, and a friend on top of it all! We’re so happy with how this all worked out!
Michael it is such a pleasure to know you and to have been through so many rites of passage with you. We’ve been each other’s “first” a few times! Lovely to be with someone with so much integrity and a great sense of humour. Thank you so much for working so hard on our behalf at Greenwood in ’04 and ’09. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to “Cedar Bridge” for years to come.- Lily and Simon read more
Shervin and I would like to take the time to recognize and thank you for representing us in the purchase of our house. As this is our first house, we didn’t quite know what we were getting into and the whole process was quite intimidating and nerve-wracking. Not only did you help us through the whole purchasing process, but also because of your support and attention you actually made it a wonderful experience. I have spoken with a lot of people who have described horror stories while purchasing their first home, and our experience was seamless and actually enjoyable. We never at any time felt pressured into buying or into going beyond the limits that we had set for ourselves, even though you were acting as a dual agent and also representing the seller. We truly felt through the whole experience that you were sincere, loyal and supportive. We always knew that you had out best interest in mind.
Not only do we love our house, but we also have a great memory of the purchase experience. If we ever decide to sell or buy again, you will definitely be our first choice in agent. In addition, if ever you have a potential client, we would be more than happy to take the time out to speak to them and assure them that they would be lucky to be represented by you.
Thanks again for everything you have done for us.- Veronica and Shervin read more