We were fortunate enough to have met Ed Howell when we were in a major medical crisis. We knew we had to sell our forever home quickly & it was with great reluctance. It was an extremely emotional time in our lives. Ed screened the pages of potential buyers & arranged showings around treatment times. We found Ed to be professional, honest ,compassionate , well informed & full of good sound advice. We had several well informed meetings. Not only did he sell our home but was also instrumental in us finding our new , downsized home in our neighbourhood, which was so important to us as we are very fond of our neighbours & neighbourhood. We would highly recommend Ed to anyone. He is without a doubt one of the best in his field.
By: Jan and Val Nesset
We knew Ed Howell as a great neighbour before we knew he was in real estate, so naturally when the time came to put our property up for sale we turned to Ed to help us through the process. He was simply terrific; guiding us to the right listing price, a winning sales strategy and no-fuss paperwork to finalize the transaction. We were very satisfied.
By: Thomas Williams
Natasha is proactive, pragmatic, responsive and an absolute pleasure to deal with. In our relocation from Switzerland to Canada, Natasha provided first rate support (even over the course of a Bank Holiday weekend!) to secure a beautiful rental property on fair and reasonable terms. Any minor issues with our new home were duly noted by Natasha and rectified quickly and efficiently which meant we could focus on what mattered most - settling our daughters into their new school and getting familiar with the area and our new home. I would highly recommend Natasha’s relocation services, especially those relocating with young families. Thank you Natasha!
By: Mark and Christine Rzepecki
It was a pleasure to work with Lisa on our recent home sale. She was responsive, resourceful, professional and very knowledgeable about the house sales process particularly in the current market conditions which present some unique challenges. Lisa understands the difference between selling a house and selling a home and provides a personal approach to make the process as positive an experience as possible for everyone involved. She quickly developed a timeline that met our requirements, lined up the required resources and kept us constantly informed about the progress of the sales process. She took a hands on approach to the process and was personally involved in all aspects of the preparation, staging, photography, listing, showing and managing the offer process right up to negotiating the final agreement and beyond. She was very responsive to any questions that we had along the way. She worked seamlessly with Brett Smiley and the rest of the Brett Smiley team which gave us an overall sense of confidence in moving forward with a strong team supporting us. I would recommend Lisa and the Brett Smiley team to anyone looking to sell their home.
By: Margaret Currie
Over the years, I’ve owned many properties and dealt with many real estate agents. None compares to Ed Howell of Royal LePage. He has been incredibly attentive, detailed, patient, and professional in conducting the appraisal, staging, listing, and marketing of my Port Dalhousie home. If I needed help with anything such as understanding the processes and many e-forms, decluttering, providing packing materials, helping me with my content sale, he was there to offer guidance and support. He even attended each, and every showing. I never expected this kind of service and feel so grateful. Ed sold my home quickly and got the financial return I was hoping for, plus some. He negotiated a quick and agreeable closing date so that I can get on with my new pursuits. He even assisted me with processing the many forms for renting my new residence. I would recommend Ed Howell to anyone. He’s a great real estate agent and has become a good friend.
By: Kevin Pereira
Renting a home can be a complicated process, made even more challenging when you are trying to find a home all the way from Abu Dhabi, UAE. The support, guidance and advice we received from Natasha Baluta led to the successful renting of an amazing home close to all amenities and school. There were many virtual calls and showings in which Natasha patiently answered our questions, promptly booked showings and allayed our concerns even though we were 8 hrs ahead in time. I can’t say enough about the expertise, attentiveness, warmth and professionalism Natasha brought to this process. She has our highest recommendation!
By: Joncarlo and Carolyn Lista
Ed, Brett and the entire Smiley Team, We would like to take this opportunity to express to you how grateful we are for your wonderful service. Your expertise, knowledge, and professionalism have helped us achieve our goals. The one thing that truly stands out the most is how you cared for our well-being, and you listened to our needs and understood how we felt. Thank you for your kindness and your help. You're very good at what you do.
By: Mariah and Thomas
Ed Howell helped us buy our first home this year. In normal circumstances, this would be a daunting prospect for any first time home buyers, but we entered the market during a global pandemic and a provincial lock-down. Ed helped us transition from the rental market to the housing market with patience and sound advice. He made sure that we were well informed through each step of the process, not just about our purchase, but about things that may benefit us as first time buyers. He helped us navigate safe viewings, discern what type of property would suit our needs, and always had answers for our questions. Once we were ready to put in an offer, Ed was integral in helping us strategize and enabled us to negotiate a fair price in a crazy market. We trusted Ed from the beginning, but he exceeded our expectations. We are now happy and settled in our new home, and we have Ed to thank!
By: Melanie and Dan Thompson
Ed is friendly, light hearted and was a pleasure to have by our side as we went through the buying process. Always the consummate professional, he was highly responsive and knowledgeable and facilitated the purchase of our home in Niagara-on-the-Lake from beginning to end. All analysis, interactions and negotiations on our behalf were immediate and were handled with extreme expertise. We would highly recommend Ed to anyone in need of a real estate agent.
By: Jason Plummer
Brett Smiley and Ed Howell worked together to quickly and successfully assess, stage and sell my property, and rent an alternative address during a stressful, time-sensitive transition period for my family. These guys know their business; they have the skills, connections, and energy to get any job done. I'd recommend them to anyone needing a dynamic duo to sell, buy, or rent a property
By: Gord Dimick and Gloria Dalla Via
isting your home is an emotional and Stressful time, But BRETT and the Smiley Team made it easier with their professional advice and understanding. We appreciate all the work and effort they put into the sale of our home, which resulted in multiple offers and a sale price exceeding our expectations! Thank you to Brett for all the support and guidance. Awesome Team!
By: Robert McTavish and Kathy Graham-McTavish
The idea of selling the house we had lived in and raised our family in for 30 years was daunting. We interviewed a couple of brokers. Brett was very clear that he had a team behind him, committed to simplify and execute all steps required to list our house. Throughout the process, Brett’s team was professional, on time, and on point. Brett pays attention to the details and delivers on his promises. We particularly appreciated Brett’s frequent and concise communication with status updates along the way. The house was listed and sold within 7 days. We will highly recommend Brett to others!
By: Bora and Hatice Hassan
A big thank you Vanessa for all the work you’ve done for us. You helped us find our dream home, we never imagined we’d be able to sell our home at such a premium. Thank you again for all you’ve done for us. It is so appreciated.
By: Lori Hendriks and Fernando Segovia
Selling and moving out of our Oakville home of 24 years was probably one of the most challenging and stressful times of our lives. Thankfully Brett and his team made the sale as painless as possible in the circumstances. From recommending painters who did a great job of painting the whole house in 2 days, and doing some touch ups where and when needed, to arranging for excellent stagers who made our home a show house, to a smooth experience with showings, and closing the deal we had a full service experience. In addition Brett recommended a very good real estate lawyer. Thanks to Brett and his team again for making a very stressful experience less so
By: Peter and Kim
Brett and his Team represented us with the sale of our home. Vanessa Guided us through the entire process, from home staging to closing the deal and far exceeded our sale price expectations. This was our third home sale, but the first with Brett and Vanessa. We never had such a pleasurable experience. Brett is savvy, personable and know the market inside and out. We never could have done this without their guidance and experience, and we recommend them to everyone.” – Peter and Kim
By: Jeffery and Donna McBain
Brett and his team have been exceptional. From the day we decided to sell, to the day our home of 30 years was sold in just three weeks, at above listing price. They coordinated all the necessary house preparation, including contractors, the staging which was perfectly coordinated and all other requisite services. As a result, we were well prepared to show our house proudly in only two weeks. As exceptional as this was, what Donna and I valued the most was the ongoing clear and concise communications. Brett and his team are all professionals. As such, we valued their opinion and were rewarded as they guided us through the process perfectly. We highly recommend Brett Smiley and his team to anyone wishing to experience a successful result with their real estate
By: Karen and Jim Mulligan
After more than 30 years living in Oakville, we decided it was time to move as we head into our retirement. We have known Lisa McDonald for a number of years as we started to think about our next journey; but we had no idea how incredible Lisa was until we finally made the decision to sell. Lisa turned what we heard to be a difficult job, the sale of our home, into a relatively easy process. Through her ready supply of contacts, we were quickly able to assess any areas we should address prior to listing. We took Lisa’s recommendations seriously and launched into a focused plan to prepare our home for sale. As a result of Lisa’s expertise, we had multiple offers within the first week on the market, resulting in a speedy sale. We would highly recommend Lisa and the Brett Smiley team for their integrity, their excellent client focused approach and most importantly their drive to get a fair price for the seller, while easing the normal negotiation jitters
By: Swati and Abhishek Bhatnagar
Kathy Czulinski has served as our, as well our parents’ real estate broker for over two years and has gone way above and beyond the call of duty. As being a first time home buyer in the country, we had a lot of questions and apprehensions. However, Kathy helped us with all the information and contacts that we needed from start to finish and assisted us through the journey smoothly with great enthusiasm. No matter what we asked of Kathy, she went out of her way to make sure we received it immediately. Throughout the process, where we expected pressure, anxiousness and worry, Kathy consistently provided clarity, assurance, patience, and honesty. Thanks to Kathy, we were able to pinpoint our dream home in a highly competitive market and that too within our budget. She has all the qualities that make her an extremely successful and effective broker. Her knowledge of the Real Estate market in the GTA is exemplary and she provides much more than the required services. She has been more like a friend and an advisor, not just a broker. I can’t say enough about her professionalism; she has high integrity and is very conscientious, always keeping the clients’ best interests in mind. The Brett Smiley team is extremely fortunate to have agents like Kathy that sets them apart from their peers. Kathy has earned our highest recommendation as a Realtor, and as a result, I would highly recommend her as your real estate professional!
By: Erin and Luke Seamone
Kathy Czulinski was an excellent representative during the sale of our condominium. With our growing family forcing us to move from the condo that I'd lived in and loved for over 12 years, I knew I wanted to find someone to represent us who understood the gem that we were placing up for sale. Having met with representatives who wanted a quick sale and to undercut our asking price, we were happy to find Kathy Czulinski who took the time to understand the value of our building, our neighbourhood and helped us to sell our property for just under our asking price and in only 11 days! This sale increased the value of all of the properties in the building. The Brett Smiley Team did an excellent job of advertising our property and running Open Houses as soon as it hit the market. Kathy made the extra effort to stage our home when we had removed our personal possessions. She also posted signs around our unit to point out the value added features of our particular condo. This was particularly important because there were three other units for sale in the same building at the same time and these units had not sold in over six months. Kathy found our buyer through an Open House as a result of the advertising she ran in the local paper. She professionally managed a multiple representation situation in which both the buyer and seller were happy with the final results. We can't thank Kathy enough for her professionalism and her helping us to get the most out of our nest egg
By: Valerie Simms
I wanted send you a note to thank you for making the sale of my house a very stress free and successful experience. From the moment you presented your research on my property, the comparables in the area, and your marketing strategy, I knew I had made the right choice selecting you as my agent. Your commitment to sell my house in a timely matter was evident each and every day my house was on the market. Your feedback on the showings and your positive energy was a comfort during this time. I would not hesitate to recommend you to my friends and family. Thank you once again.
By: Nelson and Linda Luscombe
When devoted children urged us to consider moving to an assisted living facility a few months ago because of our advancing age and deteriorating health, the sale of our home was high on the list of stressful factors related to that move. Assisting them in relieving that stress for us was realtor Lisa MacDonald of the Brett Smiley team. From her initial visit to our home to the final sale, Lisa was sensitive to our situation and our needs. She quickly determined what was necessary to prepare our home for market listing and was able to secure a contractor in a timely manner and at a very reasonable rate. Her attention to customer service was exemplary and resulted in six "above-asking" offers and eventual sale at a price beyond our expectations. We are grateful to Lisa for all she has done in helping us through this very difficult time in our lives and for playing such a large part in its very successful conclusion.
By: Claire Hilder
Lisa MacDonald checked "Every Box" as a Real Estate Agent. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. Lisa listened to my concerns & needs and gave me excellent advice while being understanding & compassionate. Lisa is very dedicated to her clients. My home sold quickly & I was very pleased with the outcome. It has been a real pleasure working with Lisa. I am looking forward to purchasing my new home with her as my agent. I would highly recommend Lisa MacDonald and The Brett Smiley Team.
By: Paulina Gallego
Thank you for representing me and my parents during the sale of 19 Hays in Oakville. I am very glad that I was able to find a very efficient real estate agent, who was always ready to give an answer and suggested the best instead of imposing it. I hope that our family may be able to work with you in the near future.
By: Brenda Hussul
I am writing this letter as a reference for Mr. Brett Smiley. I have been both a client and acquaintance of Brett’s for almost two years. A family member referred us to Brett, when we were contemplating moving. We were not going to move unless our list of criteria was met. We spent well over a year looking for the right house. Brett was very patient and professional in our search. Unlike other agents we had worked with in the past, Brett did not pressure us into purchasing a property or listing our house. He gladly continued to e-mail us listings and leaving it up to us to choose which houses we would like to see. I feel he went above and beyond the expectations of his job. This was displayed when he took pleasure in carrying one of our twins through many houses. When it came time to purchasing and selling our houses we were pleased with the outcome of both negotiations. Brett once again handled both situations in a very professional and friendly manner. I think knowing and working with Brett has been a valuable asset. I believe in his abilities and have recommended Brett to friends.
By: Farzana and Ayaz
Our experience with Lisa MacDonald and The Brett Smiley Team was absolutely amazing! Lisa came highly recommended by our previous neighbours whose home she had sold and was incredibly professional and goal oriented. Lisa was very helpful with even the smallest things and made the whole process a lot less stressful. Her knowledge of the Joshua Creek area, the market and the art of negotiation resulted in our house being sold fast and at a price we were very happy with! We would highly recommend Lisa and The Brett Smiley Team as they live up to the reputation of being the Top 1% in Canada for Royal LePage.
By: Nancy Danou
Our experience with Ed and The Brett Smiley Team was absolutely amazing. They assisted us through the entire process including getting our home ready for sale which made the whole process a lot less stressful. We listed and sold above our asking prince in less than one week! We highly recommend The Brett Smiley Team to anyone considering selling or buying in this great area, The Credit Woodlands.
By: Paul Ford
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and the members of your team for all of your assistance in recently selling my townhouse unit. At all times during this experience, I had continued to be very impressed by the professionalism, timeliness and attention to detail that was exhibited at all times. From our first contact and initial meeting, Amanda and yourself were able to demonstrate your deep insight and familiarity with the local housing market by providing great advice on the quality of our staging strategies and made me feel very comfortable with your pricing recommendations. The pictures that were taken were very effectively displayed as part of the promotional brochure and MLS website listing which certainly caught the attention of many interested real estate agents and potential buyers. At all times during the process, your staff did a great job of keeping me informed about the number of visitors I had during both the open house sessions as well as the scheduled appointments by other agents with their prospective purchasers. All of your efforts, as well as the efforts of the other members of your team, culminated in five offers being made for my property, in less than one week, and every one of those offers exceeded the asking price which was a tremendous position to be in. Your detailed analysis of each of the offers and interactions with the respective agents instilled great confidence in me that the correct decision was being made which resulted in a sale 103% of asking price and set a record within the complex. Your follow-up after the sale has been completed and has been exactly what I would have expected and is very reassuring. It is with a great deal of confidence that I would recommend The Brett Smiley Team to anyone who is considering the sale of their property and I will be very sure to contact you again when your services will be required. Good luck and continued success to you all
By: Gina Mastroianni
I just want to say thanks for all your work on finding a home for me. You have seen me through the ups and downs of it all and also provided a great learning experience along the way. You are a pleasure to work with. You always stay positive, which helps this kind of process. Thank you again for everything. I know my parents are very thankfully as well for having you work with us. I’m sure we will talk again soon for the next house
By: Daniel Patricio and Jessica Filigno Patricio
We have purchased two homes through Vanessa and each time has been an amazing experience. She is not only extremely knowledgeable in current housing trends, but she always provides you with a genuine, straight forward opinion. On our recent purchase, we came to Vanessa 8 months pregnant with a toddler, needing to purchase and sell our home. She arranged and oversaw all the details to make the transaction smooth for us. We felt very comfortable knowing that she was managing the specifics and never once felt stressed. She proved herself with quick results and a seamless experience for us. We could not have done it without her in our corner.
By: Janan & Lincoln Youshia
Lisa MacDonald of The Brett Smiley Team was our agent for both our purchase and the sale of 2301 Grand Ravine Dr, and she was outstanding! Her knowledge, insight and our best interest was evident every step of the way and for that, we are truly grateful. We would have no hesitation referring our family and friends to her. Thank you Lisa!
By: Jodi and Chris Dubnyk
Our experience with Brett, Ed and The Smiley Team was absolutely amazing! We listed and sold in less than a week for above our asking price. With their expertise in negotiation, staging, customer service and potential buyer follow-up. We highly recommend this Team for anyone considering selling.
By: Russell and Patrice Anderson
My wife and I have personally conducted two real estate transactions with Brett Smiley. In the first instance, the sale of our Brampton home, we found him to be very effective and most importantly available. The prospective buyer had arrived unannounced from out-of-town wanting to see our home at 10 PM on a Saturday night. I called Brett Smiley; he promptly arrived at my home ready to do business. We sold my home that evening for 98% of the asking price. The second occasion was the purchase of our new home in Oakville, unlike other real estate agents Brett Smiley wasn’t solely focused on the resale market. He was uncannily aware of our needs and personal tastes. He identified a small enclave of new custom homes in an existing Oakville community, we purchased a model recommended by him and haven’t looked back! On both occasions we found Brett Smiley to be confident, diligent, knowledgeable, professional and most importantly, honest. His market awareness and experience allow him to be direct and forthright when dealing with clients. When he speaks about market trends and pricing its because he knows, not because he simply wants to be your representative. Brett Smiley’s support extends beyond simply buying and selling homes. During his 25 years in the real estate industry he has established a network of home inspectors, mortgage brokers, contractors, and residential design experts that have been utilized by my family several times, we have never been disappointed. I have referred friends and family members to Brett Smiley at Royal Lepage Real Estate, they have all had similar experiences. If you’re looking for a home, look no further than Brett Smiley!
By: Pat Kotylak
Thank you very much for your support in helping me find a new home and for selling my existing home in record time. I am thrilled with my new home and can't wait to move in. Your guidance and support in meeting my objective of "maximum profit in the minimum amount of time" really paid off. I followed all of your advice for the changes that you suggested would help sell my home – de-cluttering, painting a few rooms, creating space by moving out a few pieces of furniture, staging for the target buyer and generally creating a blank canvas for buyers to see the potential of the space. Despite the snow storm that effectively canceled the agents' open house, you were still able to generate considerable traffic for the weekend public open house. Through diligent follow up by you and your team this resulted in two offers at the close of the open house and within five days of listing. Achieving a sale this quickly, above the asking price and at a record price for the complex is exactly what I was looking for - "maximum profit in the minimum amount of Time.” Once again, thank you for doing a great job and helping me achieve my objective!
By: Jim and Lorraine Anderson
We are delighted with Brett Smiley and his Team in the way the sale of our house was handled. Brett is a top class real estate professional and showed us that he knows the business and the market. Experience tells... a great negotiator, imaginative, constant attention to detail and the issues! What more can you expect! an added bonus was his help and advice with the problems of downsizing and moving, and his relationships with the trades people sometimes needed to make the new home just right.