May 16th, 2023 | Client Success Stories

Client Success Story – Mike and Isabella

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“Hi Amir,

We would like thank you for the meeting and the coffee!  The information was very helpful and gave us a lot to think about. We really appreciate you taking the time to meet with us yesterday.” – Mike and Isabella

I still remember that meeting nearly 10 years ago!  It all starts with a simple meeting/coffee, and stories like the one I’m about to tell you are the coolest of them all – the true “started from the bottom” kind.

Mike and Isabella were dating at the time, and looking for a place to call home, together.  At the time, they were new to real estate and investing, so we starting as we always do, with a Buyer Consultation.

Shortly after, they were pre-approved and we set out on showings together, eventually landing on their very first home – a condo on a high floor with incredible views in a super central location, steps to everything Toronto.

Mike was (is) a bit more conservative, while Isabella, by her own admission is a bit less patient and has only one gear, “go”!!  A few years had passed and the pair reached out again, this time looking for an investment.  Same process, we sat, figured out their objectives vs budget vs reality and started our search.  A little while later we secured another amazing condo, and they decided they wanted to make that one their home while renting out their original purchase (as an investment condo) – great idea!  

A bit after that, they got married!  Once they returned from their incredible European wedding adventure, they reached out again, this time they wanted to see about purchasing a freehold house somewhere in the City that would keep them close to the core, provide convenience and naturally, be a good investment.  

You know the drill, Buyer Consult and we were off!  

I remember the night we secured their new home, I had called them both around mid-afternoon and asked whether they could meet me near the home as they (Sellers) were taking offers that night.  Both super eager and accommodating, they agreed, and even brought with them a certified deposit cheque – a winner’s move!!  We met at the home and after the showing was over, we headed to Marcello’s, one of my favourite St Clair West restaurants if you haven’t been!  We deliberated and decided on the most appropriate strategy – fast forward well into the night and them still sitting at the restaurant just after closing, while I was negotiating the deal at the house around the corner – we got the home!  A fantastic home, on a corner lot, 2-car garage parking with laneway housing potential galore, a basement apartment + 4 bedrooms and 3 baths (it had a primary en-suite – rare and very attractive for prospective Buyers).  Soon after moving in, they became a Family of 3 + kitty in this very home, welcoming their first-born child, a beautiful baby boy named Leo!  

Fast forward to 2022 and in the midst of a very unique market downturn with weariness around inflation and the state of the economy both local and global, once again Mike and Isabella reached out.  As usual, we caught up and then it was all business, because Isabella cracks a mean whip that Mike and I fear!

After several long discussions, we understood their objectives and how the current lull in the market might be able to help them “move-up” into their “forever home”.  So, again, we set out on our search.  But this time, it was a bit different as we weren’t looking for “a home” but rather “the home”.  In our experience, move-up Buyers are more selective, as they should be.  At the onset, most young Buyers (including Amir + Aleks) aren’t as concerned with getting everything on their wish list as their key objective is to get into the market and grow equity.  But, when they eventually set out to move-up, especially to accommodate the needs of a growing Family, the search process is far more specific and needs driven.  

We started our search near the end of 2022 and just recently, April 2023, we found “the one”.  An incredible Family home, a real home home, boasting a super wide lot, tons of bedrooms, an incredible in-law suite, modern finishes, loads of space and storage and a beautifully designed yard with landscaping & stone work throughout (worth 50K alone!).  A good thing too, as the pair are expecting Leo’s little sister very soon!  

Isabella, the headstrong spear header, and Mike, the voice of reason, an incredible pair with an incredible “started from the bottom” story that shows, YOU can do it!  This pairs journey started at a coffee shop with me, a simple sit down to whiteboard their ideas and ambitions.  And today, they’re living their dream … with their beautiful children (+ kitty … kitties still around ☺).

It’s almost romantic, isn’t it?  This incredible journey they’re on together, all the while having entrusted us to help guide them when it came to their Real Estate goals & ambitions – it’s our honour and privilege – congrats Mike and Isabella, you deserve all the success!!

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