I am writing this testimonial to recommend Don Urquhart as my realtor for his exceptional skills and services while selling my property in the Kitsilano neighbourhood in Vancouver (Fall 2020). I have never encountered a realtor that is so “in touch” with the current market conditions, real estate marketing technologies, navigating the constantly evolving BC property ownership laws, and demonstrating very high ethical standards.
In late summer 2020, I was considering selling my condo to pay down some debt, downsize my living space, and renting a place for a year. I mentioned my “living space change decision” to a good friend who said, “you need to contact my long time school buddy Don, he’s a great guy, and a realtor that he has engaged several times”. I contacted Don, he came over to view my condo, and we immediately connected on many levels. Don offered thoughtful advice about my motivations to sell and what living options I should consider if I move… within 30 minutes we agreed that I was ready to sell and he would be my relator.
As Don and I worked through paperwork, logistics of preparing and marketing the property, I was constantly educated & impressed by his advice and project management skills.
Don fully appreciated the covid-19 environment and:
* Managed the creation of online virtual marketing materials that were technologically impressive.
* Contacted other trusted realtors to have a one day showing that strictly scheduled 30 minute visits with social separation to keep everyone safe.
Thanks to Don’s experience and skills, 12+ potential buyers safely visited the property in one day, and three offers were presented the next day.
Presentation of Offers
Don presented the offers professionally and ethically. He unbiasedly explained the details of the three offers (e.g. subjects, timing of sale, possession dates, etc.), and then said it was up to me to choose which offer I preferred. Once I made my decision, Don committed to support my decision, and guided me through the complex paperwork to expedite the sale without a hitch. Well done Don!
I will be looking to buy into the BC housing market in the future and Don Urquhart will be my first call for advice.
It’s been a pleasure to meet you, and benefit from your expertise.
Don Urquhart came to my rescue in navigating and negotiating the current sale of my home to a land developer. For the past 18 months, he has been so patient in explaining every detail of the transaction and every line of every form I have had to sign.
Don has been the most reliable, responsible, thorough and trustworthy realtor I could hope to have represent me. He’s also fun to work with! I’m looking forward to working with him on finding my new home, knowing that he will tirelessly toward getting me the best deal possible to my total and complete satisfaction.
I’ve already recommended Don to others who have also been very grateful for the referral.
In a market that is softening, with a downward trend in selling prices, and with other units in my building struggling to get even a single offer, Don sold my apartment the day after it was listed – for over the asking price! The amount of information and resources he had access to, his unwavering work ethic and the unbelievable level of preparation prior to the open house, made the sale of my condo seem effortless and stress-free.
A superlative and trustworthy realtor, I was glad to have Don in my corner representing my interests, and taking care of business. He was clear, precise and patient with all of my questions and concerns, and was constantly updating me throughout the selling process, and keeping me in the loop.
It was a big change for me, selling my home of 15 years, and Don was a big part in helping me make that change go smoothly and without worry.
Don exceeded our expectations on every level of our real estate transaction. We used Don to sell our condo in Mount Pleasant and in the purchase of our new house. Don was professional, down to earth, extremely knowledgeable and was always available to us throughout the entire process. This was our first time selling a property in Vancouver and Don’s guidance and knowledge was a valuable asset. Don took the time to listen and understand what was important to us with the respect to the selling of our condo and what we were ultimately wanting for the purchase of our next new house. His years of experience in the Vancouver market in addition to his relaxed and professional approach gave us 100% confidence that we had chosen the right realtor. We highly recommend Don
Don’s guidance, knowledge and work ethic made purchasing our first family home a great experience. He listened to our ideas and understood what we prioritized. Don’s integrity, patience and experience shined at every step of the process. He explained value in the market very clearly and raised concerns about the houses we chased. Nothing was glossed over to make a sale. As beginners, this was truly appreciated.
Don is genuine and personable. He was even keel and always positive that we’d find our home. When we did, he guided us through a very competitive bidding process. We look back at the experience with positivity and gratitude.
Don was recommended to us and he exceeded all expectations. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for a realtor.
–Dan and Claire Sampson
We searched for a property in Vancouver while living in Denver, Colorado, making sporadic trips up to Vancouver when something was suggested by Don Urquhart. We had a very specific list of must haves. Don understood quickly what our priorities and sensibilities were.
Don has an extensive knowledge of the Vancouver real estate market and we were confident from the start that we had found the right realtor. We have purchased a number of properties in the past but have never had an agent who came close to Don. He exceeded all our expectations. You could not ask for a more knowledgeable, ethical, committed realtor to work with, never directing us to a property that didn’t have the highest quality of construction, something we never realized varied to the degree that Don would point out. We would not purchase real estate in Vancouver with any other than Don Urquhart.
– Dr. R Edgar & Y. Rowan
My father died and my mother needed to move out of our family home of 50 years. You can imagine how daunting this was for me. Don came to my parent’s home as as we sat at the dining table, I became quite emotional. As challenging as it was, Don struck the perfect balance of being sympathathetic while maintaining a professional demeanor. He did it perfectly. I told Don I needed a few days to collect some of my parents belongings that were important to me. Don reminded me that I didn’t need to list the house if I was not ready but with no homes on the market in the area and it being Spring, I decided that I would do it. Don explained things to me step by step and checked in with me on a regular basis. I was never left not knowing what was happening. We sold the house in one week for way over asking price. I can empathetically say that if my friend had not recommended Don to me, I don’t know what I would have done. I don’t need to ever look for another realtor again. Don is it! Thank you Don. I’ll never forget what you did for me.
Trustworthy, integrity, knowledge & results are what comes to mind regarding Don Urquhart.
I have been a long-time client of Don’s and couldn’t imagine buying or selling any of my properties with another Realtor. Because of his extensive knowledge & experience, I credit him with helping me achieve my property ownership goals. He has strongly advised me not to buy some dubious properties (thank goodness I listened!) & has secured some great ones for me in a competing offer situation.
Every time I have recommended him to a friend, they have thanked me profusely & have always mentioned how professional Don is & how he made the whole process as stress free as possible.
Don is a Realtor who puts his clients first & the bonus is that he also happens to be an overall great guy.
We cannot thank you enough for all the amazing work you did in selling our home. It was refreshing and extremely reassuring to have your professionalism and expertise to assist us every step of the way. Going above and beyond is truly an appropriate way to describe your work ethic.
Navigating the real estate market over the years has never been a cake walk as a home owner, but your unwavering support and guidance actually made this sale for us an exciting and knowledgeable journey, something nobody has ever done before. Your personalized advice was invaluable to us and certainly made us trust the decisions we had to make throughout the process.
– Barry & Kari Naipaul
Dear Mr. Peerless (CEO of Dexter Realty Kerrisdale),
Now that the sale of my property has been completed, with possession being handed over tomorrow through Don, I would like to take the opportunity to express to you how grateful I am to have had Don act as my realtor.
From my personal experience with other realtors during the run-up to my listing this property (and subsequently for that matter), I am convinced that I would not have received as good representation with any of them as I received from Don.
If I find myself in the position of needing the services of a realtor again, I certainly would have no hesitation whatever in working with Don again.
– N. Edmonds
Just wanted to write to you for the Professional manner in which you conducted yourself throughout the entire process of selling our home. I have been involved with the sale and purchase of literally hundreds of properties throughout my personal and professional life and I have never had the pleasure of dealing with a more personable, conscientious realtor.
I would certainly be pleased to recommend you to anyone including my very best friends and family as I am confident that no one could do a better job of handling such a stressful event as the sale of one’s home.
– Oskar Reinholz
I want to thank you for the exceptional services you have provided us over the last few years. You truly are a professional in every sense of the word, and I have no hesitation referring your services to anybody who is intending to buy or sell real estate in the Greater Vancouver area. In fact, I look forward to the opportunity to recommend your services.
I know of no other agent – and I have dealt with a ‘few’ – who provide such comprehensive services. As my wife has mentioned to you, you have ‘gone the distance’ with us in helping to solve various real estate problems we have encountered.
– Bob Guns
We want to express our appreciation for your guidance and professionalism in the sale of our home, and the purchase of our new residence. You were continually available to us throughout the process.Your knowledge and expertise in the heady waters of the Vancouver real estate market allowed us to place our complete trust in your judgement, advice, and unwavering optimism. We highly recommend you to anyone looking for a realtor. We will certainly use you again should the occasion arise.
Your knowledge and expertise in the heady waters of the Vancouver real estate market allowed us to place our complete trust in your judgement, advice, and unwavering optimism. We highly recommend you to anyone looking for a realtor. We will certainly use you again should the occasion arise.
– Chris Orvig
Don was nothing short of meticulous when we worked with him to sell our Vancouver property. Don was a breathe of fresh air to deal with. My husband, 6 year old son, dog and myself were preparing for an intercontinental move to London, England so to say I was stressed was an understatement. Working with Don kept me sane and he continuously gave me updates on what was going on, whether it be getting the listing prepared, photographs done, open houses scheduled, offers and counter offers. I can honestly say Don was the best realtor I’ve worked with in the past 20 years and Don made the process as painless as possible. I would highly recommend Don to anyone looking to buy or sell property.
– N. MacGregor
Now that I’m settled into my new home, I wanted to thank you again for all the work you did selling our house and purchasing my condo. Your patience, attention to detail and professionalism made a very difficult time a little bit easier. You always took my needs into consideration and I completely trusted your judgement. I was lucky to find you and can’t imagine ever using another realtor. I hope I get the opportunity to recommend you to others.
– Carla Wilson
We are writing to commend you and express our appreciation for the manner in which you handled the recent sale of our mother’s home.
We would particularly mention your professionalism starting with the market evaluation you prepared, down through the listing, handling of offers and assistance on completion. Your expertise and knowledge of the market you serve must be second to none.
As an individual we found you to be personable, conscientious and reliable, and it was very much a pleasure doing business with you.
We look forward to doing so again should the need arise, and we recommend you most highly to anyone requiring the services of a realtor.
– Marilyn Henshaw I.L. (John) Robertson
Thank you again for a fantastic job on listing and selling my property. I knew that the unique qualities of my home was going to make this a difficult task, because of this I interviewed four realtors including yourself. From the beginning you were very professional and took the time to analyze the situation at hand and design a professional outline. From what I thought would be a lengthly process took only two weeks and I attribute this to your research and professionalism.
I was also very impressed by your attention to my concerns and how you never let this stray during the course of marketing my home. Your attention to detail and hard work right through to the negotiating to the closing has allowed me to take complete trust in recommending your services.
All the best Don and I am looking forward to doing business with you again!
– Mr. Donaldson
Now that the sale of the house is complete (all went well in my absence) and, I assume, the buyers are satisfied with the property, I want to express my appreciation to you for your exceptional service.
I can’t say exactly what I expected, but I fell that you exceeded my expectations in every way. You made my first experience in the world of real estate as simple and easy as it could possibly be. Thank you for your conscientious and helpful attitude and all the little extra things you did to make things go smoothly. If everyone put as much effort into the quality of their work as you, the world would be a fine place indeed.
Best wishes and don’t work too hard.
– Kate Vincent