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Arguably, selling ones family home is a difficult, difficult process. Add on a parent with dementia who has lived in the home for over 30 years, accumulated much, with her only child living in the US, unable to help in a hands on way. To this, add on getting the house ready after the Christmas and New Year Holiday Season. Would seem impossible, incredibly stressful and not doable; the chance of success being low.
Sonya Côté and Mike Elmenhoff achieved the impossible. Sonya staged Mom’s 1912 Victorian row house on Jones superbly, was incredibly mindful of Mom’s things and helped with donating the things she loved, her quilting and books. She made the 1512 sq. ft. home seem immense. They did this in record time, 5 days; cleaning, painting, removing carpeting, buffing the woodwork and floors, and donating items, a week later there was a ‘soft’ open house and the following week a formal open house when offers were accepted the next day, Monday, Jan.18th. On offer day there were 13 offers and we accepted an offer 150K above asking! Absolutely unbelievable and incredible!
My mother, who is French, remembered Sonya, from meeting her 5 years earlier. Just this is amazing, since her short term memory is greatly affected. Sonya spoke to her in French and was so loving and kind. Something that is really needed in an agent and missing when people are often forgotten in the business of selling a cherished home. Mike and Sonya are tremendous together. Mike was the broker and he deftly handed the finances and offers. Even recommending a lawyer and the best way to accept an offer and proceed. They really got Mom a terrific price for her home. Mike has so much integrity that he even paid the bank fees for another offer that we almost accepted.
I am indebted to Sonya and Mike who continue to try and see my Mom who is in an assisted living home. I also feel like we have real friends. Sonya and Mike worked so hard well beyond the small commission they will make. I have sold and bought a home in the past and never have I met such bright and decent agents. With the profit on Mom’s home she will be comfortable for the rest of her life. As her Alzheimer progresses she will need more and more aid and what they did was save a life and they did this selflessly and have my undying gratitude. Anyone would be blessed to work with these two and I wholeheartedly recommend their services!
Working with Sonya was, first and foremost, hugely educational. The first thing she did when we went out for the first time (I know it sounds like a date) was provide an historical context for real estate development in Toronto. She was extremely patient and kind and found me a house, in a market that isn't kind. Above all, Sonya is fun and determined to help her clients find the perfect home. No easy feat, I'd say, in Toronto, where growth is happening at breakneck speed. I know Sonya will achieve continued success because of her acumen and skill.
I was a naif regarding the Toronto market and luckily I had Sonya Coté to see me through the slings and arrows of the hot Toronto market. I engaged Sonya, after having fired two other real estate agents, where I felt that they weren't as interested in finding me a home that met my needs as they were in getting a commission. I felt like I was only being seen as an income and pressured to buy things that I know I would have regretted.
So along comes Sonya, who took the time to understand my needs and in fact guided me toward a property that I hadn't even considered. And you know what? Sonya was right! I have now bought my dream home and it was only because of Sonya. So if you want someone who is extremely knowledgeable, will look out for your best interests and who made the process fun and enjoyable, then call Sonya. You will be happy you did!
Thank you for a job well done in the sale of my stepfather's home. I was thrilled with the volume of people you got through the property in a short time. Your clearly well-researched expertise of the local marketplace was impressive and helpful. I appreciated you keeping me informed through updates and comparables, even while we were preparing the house to sell. Your caring and enthusiasm made me feel confident and reassured during a stressful time. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know who needs an agent.
"We met Sonya at an open house and were instantly impressed with her warm and easy-to-get-along-with nature, so when we were thinking of selling, we contacted Sonya. That evening we were presented with all the information we needed to make our decision. Sonya was extremely well prepared with information ranging from comparable houses that had sold and market information to contacts for decorators, storage companies and staging professionals. She gave us honest advice about how we could maximize the value of our home without breaking the bank, organized all the work and even offered to pitch in with the packing! If you're looking for a stress-free service where all the details are taken care of, I would definitely recommend Sonya. We are now looking for an investment property and she's the lady who'll find us one!"
"Sonya says on her website: ‘I love the east end and know it very well.’ This is very true, as I found out during my recent search for a property in the Riverdale / Leslieville area.
From the beginning, Sonya listened to what I was looking for and sent targeted listings. When viewing properties, her knowledge and eye for detail were apparent, ranging from suggesting renovation possibilities to reviewing home inspection reports and other less exciting, but critically important parts of a property purchase.
During the whole process, Sonya promptly returned my calls and emails and was always ready with a dose of optimism and humour. Thank you Sonya for your guidance and assistance with a property purchase that represents a new start for me!"
I recently began a process moving toward many changes in my life. I moved to the burbs years ago to raise my kids. Then, this fall, as I watched my oldest son get on a flight for England, a realization hit home.. the time had finally come for me to make the move back to the city and begin another new phase in my life. Exciting. And at times, daunting. I had a house to sell and another to buy and many other arrangements to be made. That's when I made one decision that I will be thankful for, forever.
I chose Sonya Cote to be my real estate agent. The person who was going to guide me through the process, understand my situation, and move me toward my future. Well, this was not my first rodeo. I'd worked with agents I liked who came through and got the deal done. But this time, something was very different. You know how we often don't know something until we know it. Like, if someone described a color to you, you'd get a sense of it but you probably wouldn't fully experience the joy that color can truly bring until you see it with your own eyes?... Sonya is that color. She assessed every part of my situation. simply because it's part of her process, not because I asked her to. She predicted all of my concerns. Sonya is an expert communicator and has a way of speaking to people and making connections that puts everyone at ease, and not only are deals made but everybody's smiling while they make them. She can see through walls.I'm sure of it. She gets ideas about design and structure because she's been there, done that. She helped me stage my place and it sold in under a week. And then I still don't know how she did it, (but like any great magic trick, you don't need to know, just enjoy the show) Sonya found the perfect home for me, at the right price, EXACTLY where I wanted to live. That deal also went from start to finish in less than a week.
What can I say. it was not a fluke. She is a natural and she cares. If you ever need an agent or know someone that does, pull out her file and witness for yourself the magical stylings of Sonya Coté, real estate agent extraordinaire!