I was still new to Toronto and a first-time homebuyer – not only did I know absolutely nothing about the home-buying process, but I did not have friends or family nearby to consult. By the Grace of God, I found David Stoddard to guide me through the process.
I have an immense appreciation for the time that David spent with me, educating me about the entire process of home buying, from budgeting and mortgage options to the nature of the buyer agent/client relationship, market trends, and making offers to purchase. What was extremely helpful for me was to begin the process with a budget review. Even though I am careful with money and review my personal budget regularly, going through this process in the context of setting a realistic purchase price was so helpful, and aided by David’s gentle advice. Closing costs were not a ‘surprise’ at the end as they can be for some – all of these additional costs were estimated before I starting looking at properties and before I even signed an agreement with David.
Having moved 16 times in the last 20 years, I can say I’m well practiced at choosing suitable rentable homes. But buying is different, and mistakes can be financially and emotionally devastating. Every time I looked at condo units with David, I learned something I hadn’t thought of before, that could affect the suitability or resale value of the unit in the future. Typical ‘salesmen’ will focus only on the positive and be hard-pressed to point out potential pitfalls. But David is not typical. He is a truly exceptional person and businessperson.
By the time I was ready to purchase, I felt perfectly comfortable with the process, even in a multiple offer situation. In fact, by the time we were done I ended up buying two condo units – a preconstruction unit and one to live in while it is being built. Thinking beyond real estate, I struggle to think of any business experience I have had with someone that was more thorough, straightforward, accessible, easy to communicate with, efficient, impeccable in every respect, and with a client’s best interests at the forefront.
David also has excellent referrals for all related services, and he coordinates with them extremely well. Anyone who meets David’s high standards must be an excellent service provider. This resulted in a seamless, stress-free, experience. Needless to say, I offer the highest recommendation for David for any home buyer. ”