Chris & Beth November 30, 2021 bought in Danforth & Woodbine
From our first meeting to the closing of our house, Vivien demonstrated a high level of professionalism, enthusiasm, and knowledge. She was a great guide to the challenging Toronto real estate market, something we greatly appreciated as first time home buyers. There were times when we were picky or had unrealistic expectations, but Vivien was patient and worked with us to figure out what was important for us.
Vivien always went above and beyond throughout the offer process. She would put a 150% effort into due diligence and was quick to flag any areas of concern. Her industry contacts were invaluable to understanding as much as possible about a property prior to submitting an offer. She was proactive in communicating with the selling agents and keeping us in the loop throughout the process. It was clear that she was motivated by what was best for us.
We worked with Realosophy because of their data-driven approach to the market. The Realosophy Pro site was helpful for us to focus our search and determine what we were looking for.
All of this and more makes it easy to recommend Vivien and Realosophy to anyone looking for a realtor in Toronto.
Darnell Chan November 8, 2021 bought in Cabbagetown
Mei is amazing! I got recommended to her and she was everything I could of asked for! At the time I was talking to a couple of realtors as I had to move out of my condo, but she was the most responsive and organized. As a young adult , I told her that I did not have the extra income to outbid another person and she really fought for me to get a place that fit my needs and that I really wanted with in my budget! THANK YOU MEI! :)
Paul O. November 5, 2021 sold in Toronto
Being a first time home seller, and acting on behalf of others legally, I needed to retain a professional agent. After speaking then meeting Gus (he was the 4th agent I met) I retained him the same day.
Gus stood out in a few of areas I was looking for specifically: knowledge, process and communication. To start, Gus provided micro data and told me about the neighborhood and how it compared to Toronto (his agency does that and he tailored it). What stood out was process. The first 3 agents gave a quick-and-fast pricing strategy of low price = bidding war (no analysis). Gus analyzed the data, the area then went above by contacting local agents for more data. He then developed a Plan and B for pricing.I had a lot of confidence in that because it was based on what was happening now and expectations. Using his pricing the house sold for 10% more versus a bidding strategy, Based on offers I reviewed.. (Side note: any agent can sell over asking, just list low. Personally I didn't want many unqualified buyers with low offers walking through a newly renovated house, wasn't worth the time. I wanted qualified, serious buyers and the pricing to reflect that).
Communication: not sure an agent can be more responsive. Text,calls were answered quickly and as others have posted, Gus never makes you feel you're taking his time. He spends time with you as needed. My lawyer mentioned this was something to look for. The last thing is honesty - I asked pointed questions and Gus provided sound answers -not sales type stuff.
I was very happy I chose Gus - from the service to the results. As mentioned I also legally had to report to other parties and they were no issues as I detailed the process Gus went through.
Overall he's a top agent and he provides great service. Thanks Gus.
Aisha V. November 4, 2021 bought in Ajax
Mei was recommended to us by a friend and I'm very glad we went with her to purchase our first home! We thoroughly appreciated the "meet and greet" virtual meeting we had with her where she explained the home buying process in detail which was very informative. She was lovely to deal with as she was responsive and professional. The market research tour was very helpful for us to understand what the current GTA real estate market is like and set our expectations. Our home buying process was a bit of a stop and start and Mei was great every step of the way. She was very accommodating scheduling wise and proactive when it came to viewings. We deferred to her advice for bully offers and we are very happy with our now home! She's been great with recommendations for lawyers and services and is well connected. I would recommend Mei without hesitation! Thank you!
Jenny T. November 4, 2021 bought and sold in Newtonbrook
Very impressed with Mei's professionalism, expertise, client care, organization... the list can go on. She helped us with 2 sells + 1 buy this year. Each scenario had its challenges and she guided us through the thick and thin of it. Absolutely recommend her.
Jie K. October 27, 2021 bought in Markham
I had an excellent experience working with Vivien Wong to purchase my first home. Vivien was attentive, transparent and honest. Her expertise in real estate and home ownership proved invaluable when searching for a place that met my needs. Apart from having the real estate knowledge for the process of selling and buying houses, I appreciated Vivien's eye for detail during house viewings. We noticed deficiencies in renovations, potential future repairs, and layout and design considerations. Many of these items I didn't think to take note of initially, but are things that would affect my experience living in a home. I was more knowledgeable about homes with Vivien's insight and honest opinions. As a buyer looking for a home in a tight seller's market, it was helpful to keep on top of the pace of the market and figure out the right strategy for offering. After a few unsuccessful attempts to buy a house on heated offer nights, we eventually decided on a strategy to put in a bully offer for a townhouse on the first day of listing, well in advance of the scheduled offer date. There was not much chance for any other buyers to make an offer. I was able to buy the home without competition and for a great price with no appraisal issues. Through the buying process, I learned how important it was to have an agent who gives good direction on pricing and keeps us grounded through the blind bidding process. Vivien proved to be a wonderful agent in all regards and I have and will continue to recommend her to any peers who seek to buy or sell in the area.
Anusha A. September 9, 2021 bought in High Park
Working with Gus Papaioannou was such a pleasure! I knew going with John Pasalis’ firm would be a good choice because of their focus on data-driven analysis. To have ended up working with Gus was a real find. He is the perfect mix of thoughtful, research oriented, service oriented, personable and low-key.
My experience is that Gus cares about the right fit — financially, aesthetically and practically — and tailors it to his clients’ needs and wants. Even more importantly, he wasn’t about the hard sell when it would have been easy to do so in a hot market. If it didn’t seem right, even financially, he said so. He really has his pulse on the market, and knew what would be reasonable for all of the places we went to see. With the eventually successful offer, Gus had it pegged completely.
I’ve told everyone I know about Gus, and will continue to do so. Having met several agents, it’s rare to find one like Gus, and I was delighted with his level of service as well as his knowledge. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
Priya August 19, 2021 bought in Riverside
My partner and I just worked with Vivien Wong to find a rental and she was amazing!
She was very attentive and detail oriented and was super responsive to our messages. She also have us great feedback and made sure we didnt waste time going to places that wouldn't meet our needs. She was also very well informed about the market overall which really helped us as we were making a decision.
We're so excited about our new place and can't wait to recommend Vivien to all of our friends!
Sheray Singh August 11, 2021 bought in N/A
I am a new home owner ( we bought last year). I wanted to remove pictures of my house due to privacy issues. These guys outright refused it. I have no control over what seller of the house did. But i am the new owner I have right to my privacy.
Realosophy August 16, 2021
Hi Sheray - Thank you for letting us know about this issue. We sincerely apologize for any confusion and distress caused through our team's miscommunication with you. Our policy is indeed to remove listing photos provided to us by the MLS upon the request of a current owner of a property. Our team member has emailed you to confirm that this has now been done with regard to your property. Please feel free to reach out should you have any other concerns. Regards, Realosophy Team
Ben August 5, 2021 bought in Crescent Town
I had an excellent experience working with Vivien Wong to purchase my first home. She was very responsive, pleasant to deal with/low stress and worked hard to understand my needs and to educate me towards buying a house that I could be happy in and gave me value.
John D. July 29, 2021 bought and sold in Milton
We asked for our inactive 2019 listing pictures and video be taken down from the site for privacy. John Pasalis refused to take action.
Realosophy July 29, 2021
Thank you for your feedback, John, we do appreciate your concern. We believe you are referring to a home listing that you undertook with an agent at another brokerage. When a homeowner lists their home for sale, they have the option to distribute their home's MLS information to other brokerage websites like ours or to exclude it. We follow whatever instructions a seller gave their listing brokerage and comply with all MLS regulations. If your agent and their brokerage did not follow your instructions, we recommend that you raise this issue with them.
Michael July 7, 2021 bought in Thistletown
My partner and I worked with Vivien Wong for during our home buying process. We are very happy to have worked with Vivien. She was able to find a place that had all of our wish list items. Vivien took the time to understand what was important to us in our future home. She went well beyond just the simple questionnaires most other agents we spoke to used for new buyer intake, and really understood what we wanted. All of the homes we visited during our market education tour where places we that fit our wants and needs. We actually saw the home we purchased on that our very first market education tour! By that point we had had many conference calls and emails with Vivien looking at listings and neighbourhoods online, so our tour was very finely tuned to what we liked. Vivien guided us through our buying process: from working with a mortgage broker, to recommending a lawyer, home inspector, and after home purchase electricians and contractors. For first time home buyers she made the process as seamless and painless as I think it could have been. I would strongly recommend anyone reading this to reach out to Vivien. If we move again in the future I will most certainly work with Vivien for our next home purchase.
Will & Kaitlin July 6, 2021 bought in Bedford Park
We were uncertain entering the housing market at this time but Anastasia and Maria were patient and helped us explore multiple neighbourhoods. With their help, we narrowed down our options to find a house that we truly wanted. Anastasia was excellent in warning us which houses were *not* appropriate and with her help, we were confident and knew right away when we found our perfect house. We were so shocked to find out that the seller had accepted our offer but in retrospect, it was thanks to some strategic pricing! Thank you, Anastasia and Maria for your fabulous work!
John and Tammy July 2, 2021 bought and sold in Trinity Niagara
We bought and sold with Gus. He was very professional, knowledgeable and honest throughout the process.
We never felt pressured to buy. Even after considering multiple properties over the span of nearly two years. He was extremely patient. And in the end we purchased a home that’s truly special in the neighbourhood we wanted to be in. His estimates for selling prices were pretty much bang on. He also made the process of selling as stress free and straightforward as possible. He was highly ethical and always available. We went to Realosophy because they pride themselves on being data driven and not cheerleaders for the market. And chose Gus because we knew him from a previous business and he’s a very likeable guy.
John P June 28, 2021 bought in Kleinburg
Excellent, professional service from John and Maria. They are committed to getting you the house you want at a good price. Thank you both!
Jonathan Saldanha June 25, 2021 bought in Humber Heights
Ada Bragado, was my real estate agent and helped me become a first time homeowner. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The process was smooth and seamless with Ada always going the extra mile to make sure I was comfortable. We had an absolutely brilliant experience working with her, and through her, Realosophy.
We will definitely recommend her and Realosophy to anyone that needs a broker and will definitely look to work with her again!
Claudio F. June 24, 2021 bought in Barrie
Working with Davin was an absolute dream! He taught me so much about what to look for when touring homes. He is incredibly professional, and his attention to detail is great! Always remembering and mentioning the little details. He's a great realtor and anyone would be lucky to have him working with them! Thank you Davin for all your hard work!
Chantal Ess June 21, 2021 bought Queens Quay E. in Harbourfront
Working with Mei was amazing. She is very well versed in the Toronto Real Estate Market. She listened to exactly what I wanted, was very responsive, and was able to secure viewings within 2 days. I ended up going with the first property she found and showed me. Highly recommend her services to all and look forward to working with her again in the future. I have already recommended her to another friend who she is currently in the process of helping secure their dream home. Highly recommend.
Jamie L. June 15, 2021 bought in Bradford West Gwillimbury
Mei is an exceptional realtor; as a first time home buyer I could not have asked for a better person and experience while under the guidance of Mei. She was easy to work with, made sure I was getting everything that I wanted, and while house hunting she knew what I liked before I even knew what I liked!
Mei is stellar; in this unbelievable market, we were able to find a house that was as reasonably priced as it could get, and we had TWO conditions! That is unheard of! My new home is absolutely beautiful and I would highly recommend Mei to anyone else who is looking to purchase their next house.
Marce June 11, 2021 bought in Scarborough
As first time home buyers, we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into, but Gus walked us through every step of the process, including the realities of what we might have to sacrifice and how long it might take. Thankfully our search was quite short and he prepared us well - even noting a few pro tips we could prepare in advance to improve our offer that we wouldn't have thought of if we had to do it as we were submitting our offer. And even after we won, in our last walk through he made sure to check everything with us to make sure it was in great working order - I can't believe we didn't think to turn on the taps when we were there (facepalm). He's friendly, super easy to work with, made me feel taken care of, and I highly recommend him for fellow first time homebuyers for all these reasons (although returning buyers would get value out of him too). Thanks Gus!!!
Eric + Jenna May 20, 2021 bought in East York
As first time home buyers, we relied on Ada and John to answer all sorts of questions and guide us through the home-buying process. Buying in Toronto can be a difficult and scary process, and finding the right home for us (and making a successful bid) took several months. In particular, we really appreciated the background work Ada did before we saw every property, her near constant availability (how?!), and going truly above and beyond on offer night to help us secure our home. John's input was available when we requested it as well, and overall we are happy with our purchase!
Tracie S. May 8, 2021 bought in Woodbridge
Ada was an amazing partner in our home buying journey. Home buying can we a wildly emotional experience. We were lucky to have Ada with us every step of the way. She is very experienced, knowledgeable and professional.
She always had our best interests and heart and really provided sound advice. We also value that she went above and beyond when we have some challenges before closing with our seller. She was able to negotiate not only a solution but an outcome in our favour!
She was also incredibly patient during the home search process while we were narrowing down neighbourhoods (we were all over West GTA in the beginning!). She also provided some great recommendations to help us narrow down neighbourhoods and she was the one who recommended the house we needed up purchasing!
We cannot thank Ada enough for her support. She is an outstanding agent and would recommend her to anyone wanting an A++++ person to help you purchase a home!
Mark Matusoff May 4, 2021 bought in Leaside
We were looking to rent a house on our own and after a few weeks of looking in the usual places (Craigslist, ViewIt, Kijiji, etc.), weren't having much luck finding the right place. A couple days after we hired Vivien, we were visiting multiple properties that exactly fit our requirements (which were quite specific!). A few days after that, we completed all the paperwork for our top choice, and were preparing to move. I highly recommend hiring Vivien, it was amazing how easy finding a home seemed once we started working together.
Graeme Blyth May 3, 2021 bought in Cabbagetown-South
Vivian was a lifesaver! When I needed to move, Vivian was incredibly helpful while I figured out my long vs. short term needs, and she was incredibly patient while we searched for the perfect spot. She listened to my likes and dislikes and in the end suggested an area I hadn't even thought about and I could not be happier in my new home. Plus, her calm attitude made viewing apartments fun and relaxed - which made all the difference!
Susanne L May 3, 2021 bought in Leslieville
As someone who used to manage a large customer service call centre, I am a strong believer in giving feedback so would like to share my thoughts on Vivien's services.
She skillfully guided my husband and I through the process of finding and buying a condo to be an investment property. At first, we were all over the map (literally) about location, size, and price but Vivien provided information and data to help us narrow our search. She was very professional, organized and proactive in her approach, always digging deeper to find details out for us.
Thanks to Vivien, we ended up buying in an area that we would not have thought of and were lucky enough to do a private sale which saved us a lot of hassle. She also went above and beyond to help us navigate the rules and regulations of being landlords for the first time.
We felt confident in her abilities and also comfortable that she was being careful about our COVID concerns.
We will definitely recommend her to others and will think about her when/if we need a realtor again!
Julia T. April 17, 2021 bought in Mississauga
We really could not have asked for a better and harder working agent than Anastasia! We were first-time homebuyers who entered the market during a really tricky and competitive time. We truly do not know if we could have gotten our first home without Anastasia's attentiveness and incredible work ethic. She was diligent in keeping us apprised of various properties and was so organized! It is clear that she really cares about her clients and we feel grateful to have experienced buying our first home with her.
Kitty L March 24, 2021 bought in Church-Yonge Corridor
Vivien did a fantastic job leasing my condo a few months ago. She’s professional, responsive and really went above and beyond in order to get things done. She’s thorough and always kept me updated with the entire process. Highly recommended!! Thank you Vivien for al your help!!
Louie K. March 5, 2021 sold Ontario St in Downtown Toronto
I recently had a new small condo to rent in a competitive and challenging time in the market. Vivien was so supportive and responsive. I really did feel like I was her most important client. Her knowledge and experience in real estate is vast. Vivien is exceptional. Thank you for all your efforts Vivien and the Realosophy Team.
Cassandra Greco February 24, 2021 sold in South Riverdale
Gus was great to work with - he made selling our house easier than we could have imagined. He was on top of everything - remembering details we would have never expected him to and carrying through on things discussed in a super timely manner. All of the third party services he recommended were great to work with too and him having those contacts just made things so easy on us. We'd highly recommend Gus!
Sarah + Giancarlo February 11, 2021 bought in Roncesvalles
As first time home buyers, we were extremely nervous to wade the waters in one of the craziest housing markets during a pandemic. But in the end, we were SO satisfied with Maria Tikhanina & Anastasia Spozito’s tag-team support. They took the time to educate us on their process, learn about our housing needs and tastes, and were super transparent and honest about the ebb and flow of Toronto's market, and even the micro-markets of certain neighbourhoods. We also don’t think any other agent would be willing to poke their heads into dark cobwebbed nooks to investigate the condition of plumbing stacks, pipes, and furnaces; needless to say, they are VERY detail-oriented.
Maria & Anastasia never pushed or pressured us into making any decisions we weren’t comfortable with. They truly understand how sensitive this experience can be for first time buyers, and were patient advisors for our biggest purchase ever. We have recommended their services to our friends and family and will continue to work with them in the years to come!
Eric Glose February 9, 2021 bought and sold in Broadview North and Puslinch
Gus helped us with a purchase and a sale in a very aggressive timeframe. He did a great job staying in front of a complex schedule while taking the time to make sure we understood all the moving parts. Gus was professional, unflappable and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!
Chris F February 9, 2021 bought in Victoria Village
Gus is friendly, punctual, knowledgeable and a great real estate agent. He isn't pushy and tells you the facts straight up. I would use him again and highly recommend him to friends and family. Thanks Gus!
Wendy Wall February 9, 2021 bought in Clairlea Brichmount
Gus was fantastic. Highly Recommended. We actually went back and forth with the sellers of the property we purchased and the final agreement was not complete until almost midnight. Gus made himself available 24/7 for questions and he took us to view locations that really fit with our lifestyle. He didn't apply pressure and let us search at our own pace. Great experience!
Sairam Srinivas January 14, 2021 bought Hayden Street in Yorkville
Anastasia made our home buying experience a walk in the park. We actually started meeting her back in 2018 when we were just trying to understand the process and how we should prepare for it. Through the years, Anastasia educated us and helped us understand what we are getting into. When we were finally ready, she was very quick to set things up as well as manage the entire process in a pandemic driven environment. I look forward to working with Anastasia again.
Shout out to Maria as well who was very patient with us during our viewings, and to Realosophy for a fantastic database.
Lily + Trevor January 5, 2021 bought Gilmour in High Park
We started working with Davin in the late Fall. As first time home buyers Davin took the time to outline and prepare us through a few early and detailed consultations. Davin was really helpful in showing us the details we may overlook as new buyers, we feel we learned to look at homes in a whole new way. We ended up seeing the perfect house our first day out, and then Davin got to work helping us make an informed decision, preparing us for offer. Davin’s guidance and support through this process was amazing and put us at ease with his representation.
Saman Mahdi January 4, 2021 bought in Erin Mills
My wife and I had a stellar experience with Realosophy. In a crowded field of Toronto real estate agents, Anastasia and Maria are in a class of their own. We truly appreciate the experience, knowledge, honesty , and patience they brought to the table as we navigated a unique marketplace to find the "right" home. Even after closing, they continue to go the extra mile for us. I would recommended working with these professionals!
Nigel + Shelley January 2, 2021 bought in Upper Beaches
Prior to buying our house in October, we had been working with Mei and John for about 18 months. They were both an absolute pleasure to work with, and really helped guide us through the roller coaster of buying a house in Toronto. They supported us through countless house viewings and offer nights, and were always available to provide guidance and insight. We really appreciated their data-driven approach, honesty and candidness.
Francois R. December 25, 2020 bought East Liberty Street in Toronto
We bought our condo in Toronto thanks to Anastasia and Maria.They did an exceptional job.
We were very difficult clients with many criteria, we spent 1 year on this project. Anastasia and Maria, never gave up, we could visit properties at any time, they investigated promptly and methodically whatever the point we raised, and advised us, not only about units but the whole process of buying as well, as we have been in Canada since only 2 years.Their priority is to satisfy the client before making the deal.
Thank you again Anastasia and Maria for your involvement and outstanding work
Prema Gopie December 20, 2020 bought in Mimico
I typically never write online reviews but I am compelled to do so for Vivien. I have worked with Vivien for about four years now. I have worked with many professionals in my career but few come close to the degree of competence, attention to detail, and patience that I experienced with Vivien. She makes the buying experience as simple and accommodating as possible. She has a gift for understanding exactly what you are looking for in a home. I can't give a higher level of recommendation for anyone searching for a realtor. I look forward to working with Vivien again and again as I re-enter the market!
Neil Magugat December 18, 2020 bought in Central Durham
Let me preface this by saying that I am the DIY type. The type of person that would spend time researching to gain confidence and try to do things how I want it done. And this is definitely the path I was charting towards when the idea of selling my condo and upgrading to a new home came to mind especially because of the bad experience I had with another agent when I initially purchased my condo. However, due to other ongoing projects and work obligations I do not have the time to get comfortable with the process quickly enough and felt like giving agents another try even though I am skeptical already. Oh boy were we happy that I did do the google search and found Realosophy and Gus. Not only is he very knowledgeable and good communicator, he also took the time to educate my wife about the market and set our selves up for success. He works hard and will watch out for your best interest as evidenced by how many houses we went on to view during the height of the boom due to the pent-up demand just after the initial lockdowns. We must've seen close to 50 houses and he tirelessly showed and go through every single one of them with us and never did he made us feel that it was a waste of his time even if the house seems out of our criteria. We did lose a few bidding wars but his pricing advise is almost always on point hence we are almost always have offers that are very competitive except for there are bids that are just out of the world. He never ever pushed us to go to prices that we were uncomfortable with so despite losing we are ready to move on right away because we know we didn't end up overpaying. In addition, he also constantly remind us of our goals along with our wants and needs to make sure that we are not just settling for any house due to fatigue. He kept our spirits up during the entire search and was an encouraging voice despite the fact that we are dealing with a very hot market. So his patience with us paid off and we got a house that we really love, for a market as hot as Durham during the summer (of 2020), getting 5 out of 6 of our major criteria was a very big win. After buying our new house, he also helped us navigate the Condo market in Toronto that although still pretty hot, was starting to show some weakness due to market forces. He clearly laid out our strategy and plan of attack and he executed on this and kept us disciplined and help managed our anxiety levels due to the softening condo market, but lo and behold we actually sold our condo within two weeks when other similar units in our area are sitting for more than a month already. With that said, I highly recommend Gus if you are looking for an agent to help with your real estate needs. Also I wanted to add that I am not the type to recommend anyone even to my friends in the fear that my recommendation will disappoint and don't want that on my friends to be disappointed. However with Gus, I am actually voluntarily share information and actually hyping him up to all my friends and relatives because I know he will do an awesome job for them just as he did for us.
Abid A December 16, 2020 sold Richardson in Waterfront Communities
ll never have enough great things to say about Gus. He helped us with our first ever real estate sals and given Covid, boy are we grateful that we found him. Gus was always honest, respectful and hard working. We had to manage the sale remotely and he was there from day 1 working with us on strategy. He virtual staged the condo, put it up on social media and did everything that he could to drum up traffic. He was always prompt in responding to questions, following up with other Realtors, providing us with updates on the market and sending over detailed advice and analysis. He was never pushy, always fair and balanced and always a pleasure to engage with no matter when. The condo sold successfully and we were overall very happy with how things went. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend hind it’s no question who we’d call if we ever wanted some guidance on Toronto’s market.
Amy Walsh December 16, 2020 bought Jensen Crt in Maple York
As first time homebuyers, we really liked and appreciated Gus because he is REAL! He has a great no-nonsense approach, he is responsive, warm, and understands people. We didn't feel pressured, and he told us when he didn't think we should offer as high as we wanted to sometimes because he didn't think the house was actually worth it (Invaluable in this market!). Gus really listened to what we wanted, he was honest, realistic and always professional. My husband and I highly recommend Gus and if we ever move again we will definitely be calling him.
Ben S. December 15, 2020 bought in Vaughan
We had an excellent experience working with Davin and Realosophy! We were very impressed with the way in which Davin took care of our needs. From the first time we reached out until the very end we feel he went above and beyond what we expected to get the property we needed within a very limited time frame. Very professional and is a great communicator. He was always in contact with us, returning our calls and texts. We could not of done it without him! In addition, Realosophy website is a powerful tool that helped us understand the current market so we could make an informed decision. Without hesitation we will use Davin and Realosophy again. Thank you very much Davin!
Dima Y December 1, 2020 bought CARLAW AVE in North Riverdale
I worked with Vivien Wong to find a place to lease after coming back to Canada with my family. She was very knowledgeable, helpful and helped me find a place that exceeded what I was hoping for. Vivien spent time helping to figure out what exactly was it that I wanted and went to show me lots of good places that fit. She handled lease application very well and saved me a lot of time and headache. She also explained legal issue pertaining to rental laws in Toronto in clear an easy to understand manner. Realosophy website is incredibly useful. For me the killer feature was the School zone search. You can set alerts for a particular school zone and then see all properties that fall into catchment area. Super useful! They also provide excellent up to date information on price trends in the area. Good map that show nearby amenities etc. Give them a shot I think you will not regret it!
Caleb S. October 16, 2020 bought Ash Gate, Milton ON in Cobban, Milton
Working with Mei has be an absolute pleasure.
My finance and I were referred to Mei from a family member who was another happy client of Mei's. Her professionalism, knowledge, willingness and patience (especially with annoying clients like us) are second-to-none.
Mei was attentive to our needs and not only helped us find a perfect home to rent, but even helped us work in a very competitive market to ensure that we were the best candidates for our new home.
There isn't a single doubt in my mind that we will be using Mei for any and all future real estate needs, and you can bet we will be referring her to any one we know!
If you have a chance to work with Mei, we highly recommend jumping at the opportunity!
swetha s. October 14, 2020 bought in East York
We met with John and Mei in the middle of the pandemic and while we were hopeful to eventually find a home, we certainly did not expect that a month post our first meeting we would be sitting in our new home and writing this review. Our experience with John and Mei has been nothing short of wonderful.
John and Mei educated us on property features, red flags to watch out and identified the right areas based on our budget requirements.
Mei worked hand in glove with us on property viewings, helping us win the very first bid we placed and offered recommendations on construction contractors.
Strongly recommend Mei and John and looking forward to working with them in the future.
Swetha and Vijay
Ashley R. September 23, 2020 bought in Oakville
Davin is simply the best! So easy to work with and goes above and beyond. Once we found our new rental home he took it upon himself to make sure the grass was cut, the unit was clean and ensured our dog was agreeable to the lease. Moving to a new city we were unsure about the gas and hydro so he also took it upon himself to initiate that for us as well. He had our best interests in mind the entire time. We look forward to buying our first home with Davin next.
Sofia W September 8, 2020 sold King St West in Niagara
We had a great experience with Gus and his team during our real estate transaction. I liked his hands-on approach and attention to detail. Gus was very responsive to emails and phone calls (as needed). Gus's team did a great job with staging and promoting our listing, so we were able to get a fair price for our condo.
The signing of documents was quite convenient as well, with many things available via electronic signing and all steps of the process explained clearly to us. From my experience, Gus and his team truly work with their client to understand their needs and level of comfort, and tailor their approach accordingly. I would use Gus's services again in the future.
Echo Lu September 1, 2020 sold in Markham
"When I planned to buy a new home I knew nothing about the procedure. Vivien was the most patient agent I ever met. I was so lucky to have her aid me step by step, and she helped me go through the first buying experience in my life.
Vivien is such a kind, honest and considerate person, which is why I chose her to be my selling agent a few months later.
And then I met Mei, another agent helping me sell the house. After some contact experience, I can tell that Mei is a very responsible agent, as she does things on my behalf. For example, she helped me fix some small details to make my house look better on her own. Although I was not informed of her help, I was aware of the assistance she was giving me. She has a very nice heart and people skills which make her stand out in the competition.
Overall, Vivien and Mei make a great team. Not only did I buy and sell my house, I also had a wonderful journey with them.
Thank you, Vivien and Mei. I wish you well in the future."
Alison Morin August 7, 2020 bought Richmond St in James
Maria and Ana took care of every need throughout the process of me buying my first condo. They were not only responsive, helpful and respectful but they really go above and beyond. They put themselves into your shoes and really look at your best interests. I would recommend Realosophy to any one of my friends and family!
Chelsea Chan July 20, 2020 bought in West Rouge
My husband and I were first time home buyers and started looking for houses last fall. Vivien helped guide us every step of the way, starting with a market education tour. This helped us to understand what properties we could expect to bid on, based on our budget. Vivien was very attentive, modifying our search criteria as needed. She was very responsive throughout the entire process, in spite of a pandemic! Vivien was also very thorough in her research and helped guide us in making an offer. We were consistently in the final rounds of consideration with Vivien's help. For us, staying within our budget was important and Vivien did not try to push us beyond what we were comfortable with. I would definitely recommend Vivien and would work with her again.
Peter Guba July 17, 2020 sold Cameron St #225 in Alexandra Park
I worked with Vivien Wong to find a new place to live and to sell my downtown Toronto condo during the COVID-19 pandemic. The experience of working with her and her firm was excellent from the beginning to the end of the rental and selling process! Vivien has two super powers: 1) she is a great listener and 2) she is a detail oriented person. I found her to be great at understanding my situation and then adjusting her speed based on what I needed at the time. She was extremely responsive to all of my messages. My partner and I were able to find a place to rent at an excellent location and price! Vivien was able to catch details that we didn't catch ourselves (i.e. the location had no dishwasher) and she was able to successfully negotiate a discount with the landlord for the dishwasher. She was able to also meet us anytime we needed to meet. She was very detailed oriented and organized with the preparation of the sale of my condo. I found her and her firm's process to be comprehensive and I believe she suggested a great selling strategy. Ultimately the condo sold at a great price and I was very happy with the sale. I think the commission charged by Realosophy is worth the value that their agents and the firm provided throughout the process. Finally, Vivien was very responsive even post the rent and sale to ensure everything was appropriately finalized.
Ayesha J Raza May 26, 2020 bought in Lisgar
I would rate Maria and Anastasia 7 stars out of 5 if I could. My husband and I engaged the dynamic duo in late 2019 and from the first meeting, we knew we were working with professionals who have incredible knowledge not just of the home buying process, but also of what first time home buyers like us should look for in a house. Buying a home in the Greater Toronto Area is not an easy task, because homes come in all shapes and sizes. Maria and Anastasia helped us understand the pros and cons of a condo vs a town home and a semi detached home. They also would enter each house and inspect everything from the age of windows to the condition of the roof and the pipes under the sink to the furnace and condition of the floor boards, while advising us on how we could improve those and the financial implications involved should we wish to move forward with any given property. They were instrumental in our education of what we should look for as we wanted our first-time home to be something we can grow into. We worked with them for six months and had anywhere from 5-15 viewings per week and they dedicated their week nights and weekends to us, for which we are forever grateful. This is how we found our home. We placed an offer in the morning and it was approved by noon. I don't think anyone could go wrong with engaging this hard working, highly professional, and personable team of experts for both home buying and selling.
Hasan Karim May 26, 2020 bought in Mississauga
My wife and I started looking for homes in summer of last year. The moment we started working with Anastasia and Maria, we knew we were dealing with very professional, knowledgeable, and personable people. They have provided us with an unforgettable home buying experience and have been with us every step of the way, from the moment of our first consultation all the way to closing and beyond. They are very flexible/accommodating with their schedules. With each viewing, both Anastasia and Maria placed themselves in our shoes. They always tried to see things from our point of view. They also provided a lot of property guidance -- from the overall property/neighbourhood (value of the home in comparison to other properties) all the way to the details such as the condition of windows, appliances, plumbing, etc. Their attention to detail was truly beyond compare.
We cannot recommend them enough and would be more than happy to work with them again in the future.
Kevin S. May 21, 2020 bought in Summerhill
My partner and I worked with Gus and Ada over the course of several months (including during the pandemic) to secure a longer term lease in one of our preferred areas. They were extremely helpful. Always on time, always offering good objective advice and in the end we got exactly what we were looking for. We will definitely look to use them again in the future.
Amy Leung May 20, 2020 sold McGurran Lane in Doncrest
I was very pleased with Gus' service and expertise for the recent sale of my house. From the initial meeting, everything was made clear and great advice was given in relation to all aspect of the sale such as pricing, strategy to put it on the market, staging, professional photography (especially the virtual tour during this precedent times) and more. Gus was amazingly efficient in helping things run smoothly behind the scenes for me including physically (making the house physically ready to show) and also process (getting all paperwork needed for the sale). When you hire this gentleman, you are hiring a dedicated individual to get you through the selling process with ease and care. I would recommend him without hesitation
Aradhna Srivastava May 20, 2020 sold Connaught Ave in Leslieville
I had a great first-time selling experience with Gus and Realosophy. He took the time to answer all my questions and concerns that came up during the process. He was very professional, flexible, friendly, knowledgeable and knows the market and area extremely well. We ended up with a great result and would recommend him to anyone!
Lauren Lee May 12, 2020 bought in Riverdale
Just closed on our first home purchase and are very grateful to have worked with Gus. He was incredibly informative, honest and patient. I'm sure we weren't the easiest clients, having spent over a year looking for the right house, viewing many houses and frequently changing our criteria. Gus was always very responsive, never pressured us to make a decision we weren't 100% comfortable with and helped us remain disciplined. Would gladly recommend Gus to any home buyers.
Ashley Vieira May 4, 2020 bought and sold in Islington Village & Beaconsfield
While looking for a new place with my significant other, he had suggested we use Vivien's services, as he had used her a few years back. From the first interaction I had with her, I was impressed! I loved how professional and knowledgable she is. I felt like we were in really good hands. She knew what we really wanted and we ended up finding "THE PLACE". A month in we couldn't be happier!!!
I was so impressed with her, I asked her to be my realtor when renting out my condo for the first time. Once again, she knew exactly what we wanted in a renter. She provided us with all the information we needed to know and was there for us if we had any questions! It was a smooth experience and she made it really stress free.
I'm really happy with all that Vivien has done and would absolutely seek out her services again! She was fantastic!
Erika and Theodore May 3, 2020 bought in Topham Park
We learned about John Pasalis, president of Realosophy Realty though his interviews on multiple news outlets. His educated opinion of the real estate market and statistics intrigued us and we knew that this was the team we wanted to work with.
We had the pleasure of meeting Mei and John at their office and their process and transparency was exactly what we were looking for. They were patient while showing us various houses and always keeping our requirements and budget in mind. They are very knowledgeable and always shared their honest opinion with us. There was never pressure to settle or make a sale. This process was truly pleasant and we can't thank them enough.
I strongly recommend this team!
Erika & Theodore
Anna C. April 27, 2020 sold Lisgar Street in Queen West
Mei was our agent when we listed our condo unit for lease. She was an absolute pleasure to work with! This was our first time renting out our unit and we were completely clueless of the process. We were very impressed with how knowledgeable she was and appreciated her patience in guiding us throughout the whole process. Mei was very professional, always kept us up to date on the process, was always available and approachable for any questions we had, and she clearly had our best interest in mind when finding us the perfect tenants. I highly recommend Mei for any real estate services and will definitely refer all my friends and family to her. Thanks Mei!
Nicole J April 23, 2020 bought in Liverpool, Pickering
Vivien was so patient with my partner and I, and kept us focused on our long list of must-haves when we got distracted. She was professional but still so down-to-earth and personable. She secured us the perfect new home for our growing family and we couldn't be more happy or thankful to her! Without hesitation I would recommend Vivien and her expertise in real estate to my friends and family.
Fadi Nazzal April 3, 2020 sold in Yorkville
Vivien did a fantastic job with renting out my condo. She was very diligent in how she performed her responsibilities. She was attentive, responsive and most importantly, very professional in how she conducted herself in this real estate transaction.
I was very pleased with her service. I would be more than happy to work with her in the future.
NS and AR April 3, 2020 sold in North West Ajax
Vivien has been an instrumental piece in our first-time renting journey. Not only did she assist us in purchasing our house in Ajax but also a year after we were able to rent it out to great people!
Vivien always goes above and beyond to maintain her clients satisfaction! She’s dedicated and well organized. Her attention to details and her quick response times have made our experience very pleasant and smooth. We will definitely be recommending Vivien for her professional service to others!
Thanks Vivien for all you’ve done for us! You’re definitely our go-to person for anything real estate related!
Trason Fernandes April 3, 2020 bought in Islington Village
Having Vivien Wong help us find our place was an absolute joy!
She had helped me once in the past, so I knew that I had a realtor that I could rely on.
One that would be patient, honest and knowledgeable with what we needed in regards to our specificities in looking for a home.
She knew exactly how to approach every unit we looked at and never pushed us to make a decision. She was very truthful and would let us know if it wasn’t a good fit even before we checked it out which saved us on time.
We are very satisfied with where we are staying and glad she stuck it out with us until we found a place we absolutely loved.
I would highly recommend using her services in the future to any family or friend who may be looking for a place down the road.
Ada L. March 20, 2020 sold in Richmond Hill - Doncrest
Gus was beyond imagined when he assisted me with selling my house. He is always patient, available and willing to share with you his knowledge about what you really need to know. His professionalism and attention to detail is truly a gem. I first touched base with him last year in the middle of October and he consistently checks in from time to time. I am always informed and with his help, my house was listed in March and was sold in 9 days.
Malik C. March 19, 2020 bought in Markham
Our experience with Maria and Anastasia was amazing from day one. We were fortunate to find Realosophy. They always keep your requirements in mind while matching prospective properties.
We have been searching for house for almost a year and they never got frustrated showing houses. They always came on time, prepared with MLS sheet and price comparisons and mostly we used to see properties over weekends. Even if we want to see during week after work they were always available.
They always perform the tasks that one's realtor should perform, like checking each and every room, check windows, furnace, roof, dampness in basement. They will also provide rough estimate for any repair or home improvement you would like to have in a house.
We used to put conditional offers to houses we liked but never won any. Finally, Anastasia suggested for the house we bought that we should think of giving firm offer,
I can put the firm price by keep buffer for any repairs of arounf 5-10K. I took her advice and finally we have become the home owners now.
Even on the final visit before the closing, Maria did inspect the appliances and windows and other stuff to make sure that seller is giving the property in the same condition. It is hard to see such an professionalism. I would really commend the professionalism and specially their Realtor skills. Specially, nowadays where every one is a realtor but Realosophy is best at it.
I have been following Realosphy owner John Pasalis, his articles, twitters and the online course he offers is all to educate new home buyers and is not with an intention to make money, and his agents seem to follow his vision and provides open and honest advice based on data and not luck.
I would highly recommend Maria, Anastasia and Realosophy. They really provide Realtor services and act like buyers agent.
June Hung February 24, 2020 bought in Lisgar
I had a fantastic experience working with Vivien Wong! As a first time home buyer, I had a ton of questions and concerns and some mild anxiety - Vivien was kind, patient, honest, and provided me data-driven feedback. She was knowledgeable and had great industry contacts and never pressured me into making a decision. I've been recommending Realosophy to my family and friends ever since, and would definitely not hesitate to reach out to Vivien again for future home purchases/sales.
Angelika C. February 3, 2020 bought in Vaughan
We had the pleasure of working with Anastasia for our house search and our experience was truly positive. Upon contacting Realosophy, both John Pasalis and Anastasia Spozito met with us, reviewed the specs of what we were looking for in a home, and they were completely transparent, professional, helpful and kind. We never felt pressured, always felt like valued clients, and appreciated the detailed data that Realosophy is able to offer their clients. Our "home" took longer to find than anticipated, but Anastasia continued to support us, take the time to review and visit properties with us, educate us and keep the dialogue positive, encouraging and informative. When we had questions/concerns, she went out of her way to accommodate us and answer any questions. Anastasia was always a wonderful advocate for us, especially when we finally found our "home". She worked tirelessly to ensure that everything came together. Thank you Anastasia, John and the Realosophy team for making our buying experience a positive and affirming one.
Danton Widjaja January 15, 2020 bought in Hillcrest Village
We had an excellent experience with Mei. We felt she was very experienced and guided us through the daunting gauntlet of finding a house we could call home!
We found her to be easily contactable and was flexible to our timing to see the potential property.
We were given impartial advice when seeing the property and gave us an understanding of the neighborhood.
Once we finally found something, she was also contactable for those last few question that lingered in our minds and gave us recommendations to contractors when we needed someone!
All in all, highly recommended!" - Danton
Brian and Myra January 13, 2020 bought and sold in Danforth & Downtown
We have used Ada Bragado 3 times to buy and sell and they all have been positive experiences.
We first got introduced to Ada in 2016 from a friend who had dealt with her on the sale of his downtown condo. We were looking to sell our rental condo and Ada provided us with a very professional presentation along with data analytics on similar type units in the neighbourhood. She also did a walk through of the condo and provided some suggestions on things we needed to do touch up the condo that buyers could potentially notice. She also provided us with some great contacts for staging. We sold that condo in 3 days.
We then used her again to sell our own condo as we were looking to purchase a home. This was in the spring of 2017 when the market was crazy! Again Ada gave us some great suggestions to get our place ready to put on the market and was very patient with us when we were looking for a home. We gave a her our must have list and she was always in contact with us when a property that fit our profile was coming on the market. We must have seen at least 50+ houses and although we were feeling defeated she kept pursuing and we eventually found one that was perfect for us at the time.
Things changed and we were again looking for a new home, first call was to Ada. We explained some of our challenges and although we weren't ready to pull the trigger she still trekked around the city with us - for almost a year! Ada really has some patience and just wants to make her clients happy. We started the hunt again in December 2018 and after almost 11 months we found what we were looking for (we were being very particular!). We put our house on the market and again with Ada's help, we sold in a week.
We would recommend Ada to anyone. Hardest working realtor out there!!!
Jane and Ben January 8, 2020 bought in Thornhill
It is really fortunate for us to meet Mei and find our home with her help. She is very professional, honest, patient and hardworking. She always keeps our needs in mind and shares her own experiences and knowledge with us. She responds to questions promptly and offers her genuine opinions on different houses to help you make the best decision. We would highly recommend Mei and her superior services to our family and friends.
E & K January 8, 2020 bought in Leslieville
When we decided to buy our first house, many people had advised us find a good realtor to be on our side. While we knew realtors in the family, we didn't want to mix family and business in case the working relationship soured.
We spoke with realtors who came recommended by our friends/coworkers/mortgage broker. One even offered us a cash rebate if we ended up buying a property through them. Early in our property search, we came across listings on Realosophy's site. The presentation of the information proved to be helpful when deciding which property were worth viewing in person (which took a lot more time than just clicking through the listings). We also read many positive reviews of Vivien on Realosophy's website and decided to reach out to her. By this point we had gone out to view some properties with other realtors, but Vivien immediately impressed us with her professionalism, knowledge, thoroughness, and follow-through. Her comparable listings analysis was backed by well-explained reasoning and her prompt responses to my last minute neurotic questions helped us feel confident in putting in offers. We feel that it has made all the difference. In total, we visited 40+ houses (29 of them with Vivien), put in offers on 3 of them, and most importantly got the one that checked all of our boxes (and came in within our budget!)
For other first time home buyers, don't be afraid to "test drive" your potential realtor. All of the potential agents we spoke to allowed a trial period to see how good a fit they are. Vivien offered a no-questions-asked option to stop working with her if we weren't happy about anything. Her merits stood for themselves and we never considered exercising this, but it really put us at ease and demonstrated that she had our best interests in mind.
Vivien has been a true ally when buying our property, and we would not hesistate (not even for a second!) to recommend her to others. Thank you!
Melissa Quan December 27, 2019 bought and sold in Bay Street Corridor
Gus was recommended to us by one of our friends and we are so glad we went with him as our agent! Gus is patient, knowledgeable and so easy to work with. He was always available for us when we needed - whether it be appointments/showings, late night conversations or overall advice. He's very detailed in his responses and will always give you all the information to make any decisions. He takes the time to get to know your needs so if you are in the market for a real estate agent, he is definitely one of a kind and you won't be disappointed.
Bhawna Dhayal & Sanjeet Mishra December 26, 2019 bought in Forest Hill South
We are first time home buyers in Toronto; we were assisted by Gus Papaioannou and had an excellent experience with him. He was very professional, courteous and paid attention to detail. Being new to Toronto, it was very important for us to find someone trustworthy and Gus turned out to be the man for us. He always kept our best interest in mind and never pressured us into buying. He displayed a very thorough understanding of the real estate market within Toronto and Greater Toronto and used actual data/data analysis to back his advise. We always had a sense of security working with Gus and knew that we wouldn’t be swayed into making emotional decisions. Gus’s advise to us was to put together a list of top priorities for us and work accordingly towards finding a home. And, this was really the key towards identifying our dream home in Forest Hill, one of Toronto’s most plush neighbourhoods. During the transaction negotiation, although Gus was out of the country on his annual vacation with his family, he still went over and beyond to take out time for us and advise us, which we deeply valued, as there were offers and counter-offers between us and the seller. We feel truly lucky to have found Gus, who started out as our realtor but ended as a trusted friend, during this very important decision-making process and would highly recommend him.
Thank you Gus for everything. Wish you and the Realosophy family a very happy and healthy 2020!
Lisa & Sunit M. October 22, 2019 bought and sold in Davenport
We would highly recommend Gus to anyone looking for a realtor. He is professional, easy to work with, but overall knows the Toronto market. His knowledge and expertise on a challenging real estate market was priceless when we needed to sell our town home and purchase a new property. I know we would not be where we are (sold our place over asking and purchasing a new place a week later) without Gus and his expertise.
K B. October 22, 2019 bought in Greenwood - Coxwell
Working with Vivien was great from start to finish. We were very green first time home buyers and she was able to shepherd us through the whole process with care and attention. There were moments throughout the search where we didn't think we'd be able to find anything in the hot Toronto housing market, but Vivien helped us stay the course and keep searching for that perfect option. Being first time home-buyers we really wanted a home inspection to make sure we knew what we were getting into. Vivien was able to get that elusive home-inspection condition for us despite multiple offers on the house, which really helped our peace of mind.
Erin V. September 20, 2019 bought in Kingsway South
I couldn’t have asked for a better home buying experience and it’s thanks to Vivien Wong and Realosophy! When I made the decision to purchase a home, as a first time buyer, I knew how essential it was to have a knowledgeable, trustworthy real estate agent I could rely on to guide me through the most important purchase of my life. I was drawn to Realosophy’s data driven approach and detailed information on property listings. I did my homework in choosing Realosophy and had the good fortune of being assigned Vivien Wong as my agent.
Vivien is attentive, knowledgeable, supportive and patient. I continuously felt that Vivien had my best interest in mind and wanted to ensure that I was making the best decision for myself. At no point did I feel pressured to buy which is important to me. The overall process was very well organized. We started with a customized home buying strategy session which allowed Vivien to understand my needs and preferences. The next step was a market education tour which provided me with the information needed to know what to look for in a house and the different Toronto neighbourhoods. The experience helped me clarify my needs and preferences and allowed me to hone in on what was important to me in a home and neighbourhood. Vivien kept me focused during the home search and was so supportive during the disappointment of losing out on my first offer. With Vivien’s help I was able to purchase my first home in a beautiful, idyllic area and I could not be happier.
To have someone so committed, trusted and supportive through such a challenging and sometimes disappointing process was invaluable. I highly recommend Vivien!
Arnaud N. September 15, 2019 bought in West Hill
It has been a true pleasure to work with Gus! He is establishing a real partnership from the get go. He does everything within his power to assist you to make an informed decision. Gus takes the time to understand what you want and what matter the most to you. He is here during and after the house hunting process. No pressure whatsoever. He is very personable ; in stressful time like the house search, you want to have him by your side.
Katya K. September 9, 2019 bought and sold in Maple
Anastasia is one of a kind, hard working, dedicated professional! She was able to meet and exceed our hard to beat list of requirements, while staying within the budget! Nastya is an exceptional realtor - thorough, knowledgeable, patient and a true warrior when it comes to the interests of her clients. We had an outstanding buying/selling experience with her.
Thanks a lot Nastya!
Katya and Yan
Sheila G. September 3, 2019 bought in Oakridge
I really enjoyed working with Vivien Wong. She advised me on when to start my search by providing me listings ahead of time so that I was able to get a sense of what type of properties to look for. Vivien took the time to listen to my needs and made the effort to find rental properties that were suitable for me and even kept in touch with me to see how I was doing during my search. She took the time and walked me through the rental application and offer process step by step and ensured that I had a clear understanding of all the documents I had to go through. She also advised me on how to present a strong application. I was out of town when the lease was signed and she even delivered the cheques for me. Vivien continued to take me through the next steps even after the lease was signed. Her advices and expertise during this process was extremely helpful and certainly helped make this process a smooth one. I would definitely recommend Vivien.
Aaron & Esther L. August 21, 2019 bought in Yorkville
My wife and I recently moved from a town in Michigan to Toronto, and Vivien helped us rent a condo in Yorkville. At first we were planning to try and setup viewings for apartments by ourselves. However, that was rather overwhelming and we reached out to a friend who referred us to Vivien. We emailed her on a Tuesday and were planning on visiting Toronto with the intent to sign a lease the upcoming weekend.
Vivien was very communicative about the entire process. She gave great instruction on what forms to prepare beforehand, and advised us on how to present a strong application even though we were coming from a different country. A few days before we came to visit, she sent us a list of viewings to review - and on the day of the viewings, she finalized the list of properties for us to look at. During the viewings, she was very helpful with answering all of our questions, and pointing out various details about each apartment. After we had ranked which apartments we would like to put offers on, Vivien was very quick to secure it. We spent the afternoon emailing information back and forth - and because of her, we were able to secure the apartment that evening. So within a span of 5 days we went from no apartment viewings to signing the paperwork for a place. After the initial paperwork was signed, Vivien continued to be incredibly helpful by delivering cheques, taking measurements, and walking us through the final paperwork.
We couldn't have found this place without Vivien's help, and she helped make our first rental search in Toronto very smooth and successful. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a place in the area!
Janice A. August 8, 2019 bought LAWLOR AVE in Upper Beaches
We are so thankful that we found Maria, Anastasia and Realosophy to help us with our house search. We had worked with other agents in the past, and the service provided by Maria and Anastasia far exceeded our previous experiences and expectations. Even after 6 months of taking us on weekly house showings, Maria always showed up with a smile and never pressured us to make any offers or offer more than what we were comfortable with. She is responsible, approachable, responsive, and knowledgeable. She is meticulous in preparing information on and reviewing every single house we visited (we must have seen close to 100). We learned so much from her about the housing market and real estate throughout the process (and have much more to learn!). When the time finally came to make an offer on the house we wanted, Maria was aggressive and persistent with the sellers/selling agent, keeping us informed throughout the stressful process. She advocated for us up to the closing date at the very end. We felt that Maria and Anastasia truly cared about helping us find the RIGHT house, and that is a rare find in this housing market. We have already recommended them to all our friends and family, and will continue to do so. Thank you so much!
J & S July 27, 2019 bought in Roncesvalles
We first met Vivien in February 2017, after stopping by the Realosophy office out of curiosity. As millennial, first-time home-buyers, we were drawn to Realosophy's transparent, data-driven approach. We valued being involved at each step of the process, and began our search initially looking at a variety of properties across the city. Vivien was responsive, attentive, and patient, walking us through the basics of what to look for in a home and the unique considerations of the Toronto housing market. She helped guide discussions about our housing and neighbourhood preferences, and adapted our search strategy countless times as our family circumstances changed. With her help, we became clearer and clearer about what we were looking for in a home. Throughout our 2.5 year relationship with Vivien, she never once pressured us to buy when we weren't ready, and she really listened to what we wanted (both in a home and in the home-buying process). From her flexibility in meeting at our home after we had a newborn, to taking videos while I attempted to reverse our car into a narrow mutual drive, Vivien's commitment and attention to our search was unparalleled. We are so happy to have bought in Roncesvalles with Vivien's help, and are so thankful for that chance meeting with her that February day in Leslieville. We could not recommend her more highly.
Jason T. June 25, 2019 bought in Regent Park
A few months after my fiancé and I started looking to purchase our first home we were lucky enough to meet and start working with Vivien. She was instrumental in our successful purchase. Throughout the entire process she made us feel comfortable and maintained excellent communication - answering any and every question we had (there were a lot!) without making us feel like we should already know.
We were unsuccessful in our first offer night, but instead of feeling like a failure, Vivien helped us see that it was a valuable learning experience - now we knew what to expect!
The second time around we were less stressed and much better prepared mentally for the offer process. After our offer was accepted, Vivien stayed with us and helped us sort through the various tasks that needed to be completed before closing, often helping ease communication between lawyers, selling agents, condo corporation people etc.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Vivien to any friends or family members (or strangers, for that matter) who are looking to purchase their first property. She was always patient and informative calming presence, guiding us through what otherwise would have been a very challenging and stressful few months.
Sathish K. June 3, 2019 bought in Richmond Hill
We worked with few other agents before, until our family friend recommend Maria. She always come prepared with the deep / honest insight of the property for the showings. She patiently answered our questions and made us feel secured to buy this property. We look forward to work with her during our next purchase.
Vinod M. June 1, 2019 bought in Upper Beaches
We worked with Anastasia and Maria to purchase a property in the east end of Toronto. They were both extremely diligent and gave us good insights to the properties we were interested in. We ultimately got exactly what we were looking for. We would highly recommend the realosophy team for their professionalism and transparency.
Remo B May 10, 2019 bought in Riverdale
I don't usually don't write reviews, the best things are often kept secret.
Gus was the perfect real estate agent for us, he was able to adapt to us, get to know us over time, help us make decisions, make concessions, have a realistic approach and strategy which is attainable without forcing you into things.
Gus has a lot of patience, very professional, genuine, his actions and rationale are always in the best interest of us and nothing else. It took us over 2 1/2 years to find our home, Gus always made himself available whenever we wanted to do a viewing, discuss bidding strategy and do retrospective when we lost a bidding. There is no hidden agenda with Guy.
We would go back to Gus for any real estate needs in the future because can always trust him.
Robert T. April 18, 2019 bought and sold in Thornhill
Mei was an amazing agent. She sold our old condo for over asking and within 4 days! She was very kind and attentive to our requirements and concerns and went the extra mile to ensure us of any worries we had. I would highly recommend Mei to anyone looking for a winner to represent them as a seller or buyer. I can't say enough good things about our experience with Mei. You won't regret choosing Mei as your future agent!
Edward Q. April 10, 2019 sold in The Danforth
For the last 4 MLS listing, I use Vivien Wong as my agent, she was always helpful, kind and she thrived on being able to negotiate for us. Vivien gave valuable advice that helped us to find the right tenant. We couldn't have picked a better real estate agent and we are very happy for her professional service.
Marieve Murphy April 9, 2019 bought Gillespie Avenue in Carleton Village
Working with Davin was a great experience. He is extremely knowledgable and worked very hard to find us a home that was perfect for us. He is attentive and was always available to answer any questions or concerns we had along the way. I appreciated how proactive he was, which I feel really makes a difference in this market. He was always aware of new properties that would be a good fit for us and often we were the first ones in to see them. We always knew what the next step was because Davin kept us informed and made sure we were comfortable throughout the whole process. Most importantly he is personable and so easy to work with; we couldn't have had a better experience.
Kyle G. April 9, 2019 sold Fort York Blvd, Unit 605 in Toronto
5 years ago, Davin helped us buy this condo, and with his guidance, we've now sold it for almost double what we paid!
He's been incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, and patient throughout both our buying and selling process.
Davin will go the extra mile for you, help you where you need help, and has been invaluable in lending us his insight and giving us the tools to learn and make decisions on our own.
Whether it be advising us on what neighbourhoods will be likely get us the most bang for our buck... helping us make sound renovation and staging decisions in anticipation of our eventual sale... or negotiating a killer deal... Davin is the agent to work with!
Leyla S. April 8, 2019 sold in Scarborough
When it came to listing my apartment, I wanted a realtor who was honest, had my best interest in mind and who really cared. Mei not only got the job done but she went above and beyond to ensure an easy and seamless process. Mei was never in a rush , she always made sure she addressed all my questions and concerns. From the first day I met Mei to discuss my property, I felt confident in her knowledge of real estate and the market. She was honest and transparent with me the whole time and communicated with me consistently to keep me updated, which I really appreciated. My overall experience with Mei was positive and I would hire her again for my future real estate needs.
Youngjoon C. April 5, 2019 bought in Woburn/Scarborough
It has been such a wonderful experience, working with Mei. I've read other reviews below by those that have also worked with Mei. I relate to them 100%. Most importantly, she listens to you and puts in the time and work to help you along to meet your needs and goals. She's amazing.
Taylor B. April 2, 2019 bought Morrison Ave in Corso Italia
Jon helped us to find an apartment rental that met all of our needs within our tight budget—we thought it was going to be impossible given the Toronto rental market, but Jon made it happen. He was knowledgeable and helpful and made what could have been a stressful application process really easy. Thanks, Jon!
Virginia W. April 1, 2019 bought in Regent Park
Jonathan Lee was so wonderful in helping us find our first home! He took the time to explain the whole process and was always quick to answer the many questions we had. He was attentive, patient and knowledgeable and made what could have been a very stressful process super easy. Thank you Jon!
Preston S. March 26, 2019 bought in Junction
We were very pleased working with Vivien. She went above and beyond in helping us search for a new rental property. She even visited properties before us to give us video footage. She was able to give good advice
and suggestions about pricing and helped us secure a location under asking price. She was very personable and we felt she understood our needs as a family. Lovely to work with!
Dan L March 18, 2019 bought and sold in Etobicoke
We had the privilege of having Gus represent us in both the purchasing and selling of our property. All of our homework and glaring reviews about Gus were to the T. Throughout the entire process he has been patient, knowledgeable and always made time to answer any of our questions/concerns. He always gave his honest opinion and had no problem pointing out issues with a prospective house to make sure we were making the best decision for ourselves. We could not be happier with a broker and would recommend Gus to anyone looking for a broker who will have their back from the start to finish. Hopefully these reviews will help anyone looking for the right broker, as it did for us. You are in great hands with Gus!
A. and X. March 17, 2019 bought in Corso Italia
We decided to get in touch with Realosophy when we started being interested in buying a house in Toronto.
Finding a house in Toronto can be a very challenging endeavour. Vivien has made this experience enjoyable while focusing on our set goals thanks to her professionalism, her expertise, and her dedication and availability. She was always very prepared for each of our viewings and she helped us stay on tracks. She always had the right words when we hesitated as she had very well identified our buying criteria. We managed to acquire our home after our first offer. Thank you Vivien!
We will not hesitate a second to contact Vivien should we need an agent in the future.
Jean Paul M. March 4, 2019 bought in Toronto
My wife and I dealt with John Pasalis and Anastasia Spozito. Both were extremely genuine, responsive, and most importantly had our best interest at heart as we were searching for an investment property. They made sure to always do their research in not only recommending the right properties but in also ensuring we don't overbid and overpay. We were new buyers with little experience in the Toronto market and investment properties, and they guided us step by step and were extremely patient, as they wanted to make sure we find the right property at the right price; we never felt rushed or pressured. Thank you John & Anastasia!
Drew A. March 3, 2019 bought in Topham Park
My wife and I were looking for a home to rent in the East York area, and a friend of mine suggested I check in with Davin. Davin was great! He worked very hard to get us the house we wanted (our first choice, as a matter of fact!), and he came through with bells and whistles (figuratively speaking, of course). Davin is friendly, approachable, and has a great sense of humor. We sincerely appreciate the work he put in for us finding our new home.
All the best,
-Drew & Nicole
Glen Y. February 12, 2019 sold in Markham
Mei helped my wife and I lease out our condo unit in Markham. We were virgin landlords but Mei helped us with the ins and outs and answered any and all questions we had to make our first time less painful. Now that I’ve satisfied my childish need to inject euphemisms into my review, it’s time to get down to business.
Mei certainly did her research and provided good insight of the trends in our neighbourhood throughout the entire process. Mei was very patient and provided us with a weekly status report and feedback. Managed to find us a tenant that we were happy with in about a month during a pretty crappy winter season, so we were thrilled! Would be more than happy to have Mei represent us in any future real estate transactions! Thanks, Mei!
Robert R. January 16, 2019 bought Bain in Riverdale
What an amazing home buying experience! Davin had an unlimited wealth of knowledge to help us find our perfect starter home. He listened to all of our wants and needs and was able to find us a great deal in this competitive market. He is someone who truly cares about his clients and wants to put each and everyone of them in the perfect home for their situation. I highly recommend Davin for your next real estate transaction!
Devang D. January 14, 2019 bought in Entertainment District
Mei helped me find a rental unit that checked all of my boxes. Overall it was a great experience. Thanks again Mei!
Jamie Herman January 14, 2019 bought in N/A
I met with John and Anastasia for a meeting. John was very knowledgeable, informative, helpful and professional. I would recommend him and his team for their valuable advice and experience.
Molly Chan January 6, 2019 sold in Entertainment District
When I first approached Mei, I was deciding between selling a condo unit on assignment or renting it out. Mei worked with me patiently by providing all the necessary information I needed to make the decision. I ended up renting out the suite. Two offers came in while I was away and Mei had handled the situation with great proficiency.
Petar B. January 3, 2019 bought East Haven Drive in Cliffside
I worked with Mei on the purchase of a condo. It was an assignment sale, as well as an estate sale which made the process more complicated and time-consuming. Mei was excellent throughout the process, very detail-oriented, kept me informed at all times, and went above and beyond expectation. She was able to leverage and negotiate a very nice price on the unit. Would highly recommend.
Monica H. and Matt G. January 1, 2019 sold East Liberty St. in Liberty Village
After noticing Realosophy was frequently quoted in the Toronto real estate media, we decided to try this brokerage. We were looking for a more evidence-based/data driven approach to real estate, so we were thrilled to connect with Vivien and Davin. They were able to provide the detailed market analysis that we were looking for to sell our condo. Instead of only sending a number of comparables, they were able to walk us through our neighbourhood and building specific stats on “months of inventory” and successful listing strategies.
Their calm, organized and professional approach was exactly what we needed to help guide us through the prep of our condo. (Especially since we had an extremely tight turnaround between our move to a new build townhouse with the timing of listing our condo for sale.) They went above and beyond for our open house and they even baked cookies and made apple cider for the showings (wow!)
We are so glad that we trusted Vivien and Davin with one of the most important financial transactions of our lives and were delighted to sell our condo at the top price per sq ft for our building. We would definitely use them again for a future sale.
Cam M. December 16, 2018 bought in Riverdale
My wife and I had the great pleasure of working with Gus for the last ~7 months looking for our ideal home in Riverdale. Throughout the process, Gus was incredibly helpful and never made us feel rushed or pressured in any way. Gus did a fantastic job of using a data-driven approach always having market comps, valuation metrics for housing characteristics, and a keen sense of the market in our neighbourhood. Gus found the house we eventually purchased while doing a walk through with another client. We went for a visit and made an offer the next day. I can’t recommend Gus highly enough, especially to those skeptical of the value a real estate agent brings to the table (my starting point).
Nabiila S. December 9, 2018 bought and sold root crescent in Ajax
Vivien has been instrumental in the selling and buying process. She has made our experience smooth and has delivered great service in both instances of selling and buying.
She is very knowledgeable and has provided us with a pool of options to meet our requirements in what we were looking for in a home. Vivien is a breath of fresh air and very easy to get along with. Her positive attitude and approchable personality was what made the experience a really great one.
We would highly recommend Vivien’s services and would gladly reach out to her in the future again!
Chloe December 5, 2018 bought in Oakwood Vaughn
I have been working with Davin for months now on buying a starter home in Toronto and he has made the process a breeze! Not only does he respond to e-mails quickly with more feedback then you could ever expect, but he also goes above and beyond to really find you the property you are looking for! He is very knowledgeable and works hard to meet your needs.
Realosophy is a well designed website and I love all of the tools it comes with to really get to know any neighbourhood you are interested in.
Chris F. November 29, 2018 bought and sold in Fort York
Just finished our first session with Davin. What a great and informative discussion! He walked us through the entire process of buying and selling our home and did a great job of showing us all the tools on realosophy.com that we have at our disposal. Can't wait to get started!
Andrew L. November 28, 2018 bought in East York
After a frustrating experience with a different agency we decided to try out Realosophy for our first home purchase. We were very happy with our experience. Our agents, Jonathan Lee and Vivien Wong, were patient and able to provide data-based insights on every home and neighbourhood we saw. Jonathan worked with us at the outset of our search to develop a detailed home-buying strategy and then encouraged us to stick with it and to take our time to find the right home for us. Vivien's insights and advice on offer night were invaluable. We are delighted with our new house and would highly recommend Jonathan and Vivien to any prospective home buyer.
Marti S. November 27, 2018 bought in King West Village
First off I have to be upfront and transparent with this review, the realtor we worked with in this firm is Gus Papaioannou. If you are looking for someone pushy, terrible negotiator have no idea on what the market is like or, idea on how to get you the property you want and wants you to close a "hot deal" property or pre-construction. Gus Papaioannou is NOT your realtor. In my line of work I am constantly in contact of realtors and to be frank, I like them as humans, acquaintances and friends but not many would be my choice to represent me in my first time purchasing a house or anything property wise. I contacted Gus Papaioannou casually and I was talking to him for quite some time as a friend and sought counsel. Most realtor agents I know would go immediately for the "close" and try to reign me in for a pre-construction or a "hot deal" nobody knows. Gus Papaioannou didn't do that, in fact he gave consultative advice without hesitation and provided so much value when I wasn't even mentally ready to even consider buying a home; that when it was time to move forward it was no hesitation in the decision to move forward with Gus Papaioannou. I personally know Gus Papaioannou for more than a decade as a friend and saw his rise as a realtor. He has always been a genuinely awesome guy. He is sincere and he is clear on where he stands. Gus Papaioannou is my realtor for LIFE and I highly recommend you to come and ask for him, he might be already booked up with referrals but I promise you if you have an opportunity to work with Gus Papaioannou he won't let you down. I am grateful for the friendship and business relationship I have with Gus Papaioannou, and if you are in need I promise you he won't let you down. thank you Gus Papaioannou :)
Michael B. November 16, 2018 bought in Oshawa
I worked with Realosophy towards the purchase of my first home for over two years. It was a long and difficult process during one of the hardest markets for buyers in Toronto's history. The staff of Realosophy was always kind and accommodating and never pressured me unduly. They were also front runners in providing access to sales data before it was court ordered - they are truly agents acting for the people. I look forward to selling with Realosophy in the future.
Kathryn R. November 13, 2018 bought in Deerpark
Please be advised that I recently purchased a Condo with the help of Vivien Wong from your office.
This transaction could not have been possible without the find, help, and guidance that Vivien provided.
First and foremost she listened to my criteria. And was confident enough to find a unit that met almost all of my expectations.
To a lay person, a Real Estate transaction is a complex exercise. Her knowledge of the process has been very impressive, and her ability to walk me through its many levels resulted in its successful completion. I am extremely grateful for her assistance.
As a Manager, I cannot stress enough that in Vivien you have an incredible asset. She represents the Company in the best possible way: with integrity, sincerity and great ability.
For me personally, dealing with someone in a smaller firm who gave highly personalized service was a deal maker.
Vivian E. November 12, 2018 sold in Cliffside
I listed my house for lease 2 times with Gus. He kept me in the loop on all aspects of the process. We reviewed potential tenants together and he helped make the decision for the right tenant. Even a year later when I had questions about the renewal he had no hesitation to help me out and do it for me. Gus is always very helpful and knowledgeable and would highly recommend him for anyone looking to sell or lease a home.
Victor and Amy November 2, 2018 bought and sold in Lorne Park
We fully recommend Nicole Harrington. In such a competitive real estate market, *Buying/Selling a property is a very complex project*, so it is critical to have someone on your side with the right fit who represents you from start to end. Everyone is a “Top 5 real estate agent”, but when we did the *most expensive purchase of our lives* we ensured to have someone with both a great reference and who ticked all our boxes: solid methodology, knowledge of the Mississauga neighborhood, analytics, experience, drive, high customer service, speed, crisis management, focus, intelligence. Being a couple of two senior project managers ourselves, my wife and I recognize the knowledge, skills and value that Nicole provided to us. Our transaction included selling a condo (with an aggressive tenant), buying a house and ensuring that all multiple parties involved were in sync from start to end. We ended up having the house of our dreams with the feel that it had been a smooth process (far from simple) and being properly advised and coached by Nicole. We referred Nicole to one of our best friends who had a similar experience to the one we had.
Emma b. October 24, 2018 bought King Edward Ave in East York
Davin was patient and helpful throughout the entire buying experience. As new buyers without a good sense of what we were doing, Davin answered approx. 1million questions, 3 x tiimes over in our quest for our first home. We appreciate the flexibility in scheduling appts. and getting us comfortable/aquainted with the market and level setting our expectations. The realosophy pro tool was also SUPER helpful in researching data & insights into market trends/neighbourhoods etc etc. I might be mildly addicted to looking up housing data tbh.
Truly a great experience, we are so excited with our new home reno project and love our new neighbourhood, Dav and his fiancee are 100% invited for dinner once we have the kitchen remodelled!!
Thanks again Davin, you are quite literally our hero.
Alyssa M. October 16, 2018 bought and sold in Upper Beach
We had a wonderful experience both buying and selling our homes with Gus. He was incredibly responsive and patient throughout the entire process!
We needed to turn our home around for sale in less than 2 weeks and could not have done so without his support and expertise. He often went above and beyond to seek out answers to our many questions and help us in the preparation process.
Gus is honest, sincere and positive. Most importantly, he is genuine and calls a spade a spade, which both my husband and I truly trusted, respected and appreciated. We would very happily and highly recommend Gus and Realosophy to any prospective home buyers!
Karen L & Joe O October 15, 2018 bought and sold Gainsborough Road in Upper Beaches
We never thought that we would be able to stay in Toronto and buy a house. We thought we would have to move to the burbs or settle for a townhouse - Then we found Davin. Davin kept us in the city and into a detached home! Working with Davin was the best decision we made through the whole process, and we are thankful for all of his hard work, and attention to detail. Needless to say, I am not the easiest client, but he was patient, and clearly listened to exactly what we wanted. The Realosophy website was extremely helpful when making decisions to see certain properties - I loved how much information was available for each property. We lived through some bidding wars - which felt horrible to lose - but Davin assured us we would find out home - and he found it.
The effort Davin put into the sale of our beloved condo in the King West area was incredible. His professionalism and hard work put into marketing the unit, and open houses was second to none. He gave the unit the attention it deserved - and sure enough we had a bidding war!
I have recommended Davin to everyone that I know - because I am confident that he will be their best bet in buying or selling! We truly appreciate everything Davin did for us - he knows the market, he knows how to treat clients, and he made the whole process fun - we will definitely be his clients for life! Thanks again for everything.
Ralph Conforti October 10, 2018 bought in Bronte West
My fiancée recently worked with Nicole on purchasing our first home. As expected for first time home buyers, the process was nerve-racking and we had many questions. From the moment we engaged Nicole she was sensitive to our situation and was extremely helpful, prompt and patient. As we searched through numerous homes and scheduled many visits, not once did Nicole pressure us to buy. She listened attentively and really focused on identifying our needs so she could send the right recommendations our way and steer us away from others. Her approach and methodology were also critical in helping us become comfortable with the process, understand the true value of the home and ultimately in finding the perfect home and neighbourhood.
Miles L October 10, 2018 sold in Port Credit
Nicole is a strategic thinker with a good ability to solve problems. She always responded very quickly to all of my questions. Nicole was able to make an emotional experience (selling my home) easier for me. I have no hesitation in recommending Nicole for any real estate transactions.
Kim M. October 8, 2018 bought in Leslieville
In a really tough and competitive rental market, Vivien helped me find my perfect new home. She is a great listener, frequently checked in with my needs, and was always available to answer any questions I had. I am grateful to Vivien for being a calm and supportive help to me during a stressful transition, and would highly recommend her services. I will choose her again as my agent!
Nima + Chiara M. August 27, 2018 bought in Mount Pleasant West
Vivien came highly recommended from a friend and simplified the rental search, which was much appreciated given we both work full time. She was always available to answer any and all questions and turned what could have been a stressful process into a straight-forward and stress-free experience. We would work with her again and recommend her services highly!
Joe P. August 25, 2018 bought Pissed off user in Georgetown
Why arent sold prices available for the neighbourhood you live in??? I can see sold prices for all surrounding neighbourhoods but the results are blocked for my immediate area..
Realosophy August 27, 2018
We're sorry about the problem you had with our website. The information you wanted was not blocked to you but rather unavailable. While active and recent sold listings are available for most Toronto and GTA areas, we do not currently cover Georgetown. Do stay tuned as we are expanding our coverage!
Caitlin Curran-Blaney August 13, 2018 bought in Blake - Jones
We were drawn to Realosophy because of their data-driven, no pressure approach. From the minute we walked in, we knew we were in good hands. Hamed was pragmatic and patient; a combination that worked well for us. Hamed taught us what to look for when visiting a house, and he patiently took us around the city until we found something that was the perfect fit. Then it became 'go-time'... Hamed's negotiation power stood out and we secured the deal. Very happy to recommend Hamed to friends, family, and anyone looking for a home in this crazy Toronto market.
Corina T, and Alexandria M. August 7, 2018 bought in The Pocket
We recently bought a house in the Pocket with Gus' help and we cannot recommend him enough! We were both wary about the process of buying in Toronto - we don't like going to visit houses and we didn't want to waste time looking at properties that would sell for more than our budget.
Gus made the whole process accessible and even exciting. We felt like he was like a mentor throughout the experience - he would readily answer questions and bring up things we wouldn't have even thought of!
His warm demeanour, critical eye, and excellent listening made us feel like we were in good hands - and we were! We couldn't be happier with our purchase and the whole process!
Ana Therezo July 24, 2018 bought in Upper Beaches
Gus was a great person to deal with! Always available to answer questions and very knowledgeable.
I would not hesitate to recommend Gus to any potential clients. I actually look forward to recommending him to our friends when it comes time for them to buy or sell. With Gus' guidance we were able to purchase in extremely difficult Toronto's market conditions. His outstanding knowledge of the East-end community and surrounding amenities gave us a lot of confidence to buy a slightly different house that we first envisioned.
It was great that Gus was always able to highlight several scenarios with regards to the properties we visited and show how the property would be (or NOT) relevant to us at various stages in our life. Gus expertise really put us at ease throughout the transaction process specially because we had to endure several bid wars.
We feel that we bought at competitive market rates and were able to secure a great forever home. Looking back we thoroughly enjoyed the entire process in what is otherwise a stressful time!
Riyaz Hameed July 18, 2018 bought in Mississauga
Worked with Gus and Nicole from Realosophy to purchase our first home and really can’t say enough good things about them. Both of them are knowledgeable, approachable and responsive. They answered every question and explained every part of the process clearly and thoroughly. Buying a home in this market is challenging, but working with Gus and Nicole made it as painless and straightforward as possible. We highly recommend Gus and Nicole.
Asad J. July 16, 2018 bought Western Battery Road in Liberty Village
Vivien was very helpful in assisting me with my first home purchase. She understood the market forces, and was very quick to respond to my questions. She was a great source of information. She was quick to provide comparables, to help me make the most informed decision. She was pleasant and calm through pressure situations. Overall, I am very happy about working with her and would recommend her to anyone buying a home for the first time.
Victoria Ho July 10, 2018 bought in Mount Pleasant West
We had such an amazing experience with our realtor, Mei. She really put us first and made sure that we were well-informed before making our decision. She gave us a power point presentation that helped prepare us for the things we would need to consider when buying a place, which was really helpful since we're first time buyers. She also took the time to get to know us and actually showed us the place we ended up buying. We hadn't even considered that place prior to her showing it to us. Will definitely be recommending her to others and will be going back to her in the future.
Nishith S. July 10, 2018 bought in Pickering
I am first-time home buyer & being one means theres so much of nervousness & anxiety one goes through.
At Realosophy,we dealt with Maria & Anastasia.
Wow...wat a team!!
They were really very patient all along & very knowledgeable & professional.
There are so many things that we came to know when we went on property visits. Thanks to this awesome duo.
It really helps to have data & knowledge on your side while you are taking one of the most important decisions of your life.
The kind of data that you get as a customer of Realosophy is awesome & helps you make an informed decision.
Maria & Anastasia...would give a full analysis of each property that we were interested in & gave valuable inputs on each.
We had another agent before at another agency, but only after dealing with Realosophy, did we realise what we were missing.
You have a customer for life????
Thank you, Maria & Anastasia.
Sam R. June 4, 2018 bought in Danforth East
This is a long overdue review from last July. Through friends experience, I always new that I would want to work with Realosophy when its my time to buy a house. As the name suggests these guys know well the philosophy of buying a place you'd call it Home.
My experience with Hamed was, fun, quick, painless and stress free. He soon understood what exactly I'm looking for and even though I warned him that I might be very difficult and picky, it only took us two weeks from the day we started viewing to the day we won the bidding! Unbelievable, eh!
He is professional, knowledgable and super patient. He walks you through every step of the process and most importantly makes sure you have confidence in your purchase.
Its now 10 months that I'm living in my new house and I love everything about it. the House, the hood, neighbours and the community surrounding me. I'm a happy home owner now and can't recommend Realosophy more. Thank you Hamed
Shelina G. May 29, 2018 bought and sold in Distillery District
We got in touch with Nicole at Realosophy 2 years before we bought a property. Despite knowing that we were not in a rush to buy, she was always available to answer questions and provide great feedback on properties that grabbed our interest. When we weren’t actively looking for weeks or months at a time, she’d periodically check in with us to see where we were at.
While we started out looking for a house with a big garden, over the course of time with changes in work/life situations, we ended up wanting a spacious condo instead. With Nicole’s help we found just the property to meet our needs. Having already a good professional relationship with Nicole as buyers, we then approached her for the sale of our house. Once again she was prompt, professional and worked hard to get us the sale we were looking for. Thank you Nicole, and thanks Realosophy - we look forward to working with you again!
Shona O'Molloy May 7, 2018 bought in Carleton Village
Gus was great at helping us find our first home. He was so patient with us as we viewed properties on both sides of the city, he was always available for viewings with no trouble on scheduling ever. He is knowledgeable on market conditions and realistic pricing. He also guided us through the steps once we made our offer. Thank you Gus! Sean & Shona
Kurtis May 6, 2018 bought Dunfield Avenue in Yonge and Eglinton
I had a great time working with Vivien to find a condo to lease that fit my needs. She created a schedule of quite a few places to look at one weekend and gave lots of helpful tips along the way, which helped a lot for me to move to Toronto from another city. When I was unable to visit the unit a second time for measurements, she measured everything for me and sent me all the dimensions I needed. Additionally, she drove us both around the city when visiting all the places we looked at.
Alison B. April 18, 2018 sold Charles St E in Yorkville
From the moment I met Nicole, she always listened to my concerns and helped me work ddthrough the ins and outs of when to go on the market. She is very professional and knowledgeable and if she doesn't know the answer to your question she finds it out quickly. Thanks to Nicole, I was able to sell my condo at a price that far exceeded my expectations.. I would highly recommend Nicole and Realosophy to anybody looking to sell a condo or home in this crazy market.
Parag Agarwal April 9, 2018 bought in Sullivan
Excellent service with prompt response from their customer service department. Our agent 'Jonathan Lee' was very enthusiastic and forthcoming. He was always ready to go an extra mile to assist us with negotiating our lease. He was very prompt in communicating with the leasor and his agent on our behalf. I will definitely recommend them for their expertise especially in the North York and East York region.
Daniel Q. March 31, 2018 sold in Greektown
This is my second time Vivien helped me lease my property. She spent many hours answering questions, providing data on comps in the area, and how long their listing stay on the market.
When I saw the listing I was blown away. Her hard work and knowledge of what it takes to market a home really paid off. Would definitely ask Vivien to lease my properties again!
Leah Hum March 15, 2018 bought in Church and Wellesley
I highly recommend working with Mei - she was incredibly professional and responsive, her recommendations were thorough and well-researched, and she took the time to make sure I was comfortable every step along the way. Overall, she made the entire experience simple and seamless and I will definitely seek her out again in the future!
Sadea Haque February 22, 2018 bought in Greensborough
Gus was so understanding and considerate to help find what we wanted. Specially being first time home buyers we needed a lot of questions answered. Also he was very informative from the get-go, so we were able to make informed decisions.
Lakshmi B. February 21, 2018 bought in Richmond Hill
I have to state that we haven't purchased our home yet through Realosophy. However, I am driven to write this review for them prior to us landing in our dream place.
After lot of research, we signed a contract with Realosophy Inc. We chose them as our agent to represent us towards the purchase of our first home. I have to admit that I am naturally a challenging customer for any business. I tend to have high expectations and I don’t accept anything less. This essentially reflected when I first met Maria Tikhanina, our realtor from Realosophy. If Maria is honest enough, she would say that she is yet to come across someone who had more stringent requirements than me. I was constrained on location - I wanted a home within a designated 5 km radius. Obviously, as any first home buyer, I was constrained on budget. I had specific requirements about the layout, size of the rooms and what not!! We have been working with Maria for the last 8 months - we have visited around 70 houses. Never once did Maria create a sense of urgency in us. Never once did she say we have to be lenient on our expectations. Could you believe me - Never once was she late for any our appointments. She showcased absolute professionalism. I work for global corporates and we train our teams on professional ethic. If I get an opportunity, I will have Maria speak to my teams about how to groom work culture and ethics.
We are very close to buying our first home. But I don’t want to miss a day to recommend services of Maria Tikhanina and Realosophy Inc to any prospective home buyers. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon says "Put your customer first". Our experience with Maria and Realosophy is that they put their customer the first and foremost.
Good luck in your home search!!
Camila Martinez February 13, 2018 bought in High Park North
I had a great experience with Mei! She helped me get the apartment I wanted, in exactly the area I wanted by carefully listening to me needs and moving fast once a property that had exactly what I was looking for got listed. I'm very happy with the result and would recommend her services to anyone!
A K January 30, 2018 sold in Bay Street Corridor
This is my second time listing an investment property with Vivien Wong. She is knowledgeable and has my best interests in mind, keeping me informed on a weekly basis. I was thankful for her diligence with screening tenants, and my experiences have been smooth from the start to closing, and after closing.
I will use Vivien again and highly recommend her to anyone looking for an attentive agent who is available to answer questions or concerns.
Freddy & Elza January 19, 2018 bought in South Parkdale
Ada Bragado was recommended to us by our son (she also found his house). She already knew our taste since she was briefed by him and took that advice to heart. Quite impressively, she was able to find a place for us before it officially listed. It fit all of our criteria and after a small reno that we were planning on doing we are now a happily retired couple living in a lovely little place. She is fast and efficient and very handy with the paperwork. Thanks, Ada! You can’t go wrong with her, she is tireless!
Bee and Tee January 18, 2018 bought in Newmarket
We worked on and off with Hamed over 2 years and he was helpful, professional and very patient. throughout. We viewed more than 30 properties and he was always willing to accommodate our viewing requirements sometimes even at very short notice. Thank you, Hamed.
Our experience with Realosophy was a very positive one and we would recommend them anyone.
Karuna & Mayank January 12, 2018 sold in Vellore Village
We have known and worked with Ada Bragado over two years. Over time she became part of our family. This didn’t merely happen with passage of time, but with an active effort by Ada. A true effort on her part to best understand our needs and desires, both when trying to buy a new home, and selling ours. Almost all professional realtors amass reams of data and present the same. Very few, if any, would go the extra mile to understand and present the same to us in a manner that fits our perspective. Ada most definitely did so for us, many times over. Needless to say, she is very diligent. Her response to all our queries was near instantaneous (even while she was officially on vacation!). Finally, over a course of two years, she demonstrated an incredible amount of patience, empathy, and kindness to both my wife and myself and to our young son.
We trust that she is the same to all her clients.
Nati B January 10, 2018 bought in Forest Hill North
I had an excellent experience working with Ada Bragado for the purchase of my condo. At the very start, we ironed out my price range, parameters on the preferred location, and my 'must-have' vs 'nice-to-have'. We saw several properties in various areas to give me a sense of the different neighborhoods and what it would be like for me to live there and get around with public transit. Ada was always very patient. For each property visit, she pointed out the amenities close to the condo and would let me know how long it would take to get to the grocery store, commute to the church, and where the bus stops were.
Ada is highly professional, an excellent negotiator, cares for her clients, and gave me her honest opinion. After doing an inspection on the condo, she worked with my lawyer and property management to correct the status certificate and also negotiated a price reduction for me. She helped me from beginning to end until I settled into my new home. My move into the condo went smoothly due to her help. She would always remind me of what the next step would be. Ada's very organized. I highly recommend her to friends and family.
Thank you Ada and Realosophy!
Nabeela M. January 1, 2018 bought in Garrison
This is the second time Vivien has helped my husband and I find a rental condo in Toronto and we're thrilled with the results!
Vivien had a good sense of the neighbourhoods in Toronto and helped us narrow our search. She was very accommodating and helped us look at several places before we settled on the one we liked.
Thanks so much Vivien!
Grace P. December 12, 2017 bought in Upper Beaches
We are so happy that we decided to go with Nicole and Realosophy when we purchased our first home. She is professional, thorough and always had our best interests in mind. Thank you, Nicole, for helping us purchase the perfect house for our family.
Francisco R. December 5, 2017 bought in Burlington
Our whole experience with Realosophy and in particular with Nicole was outstanding. From their quick responses, to their initial seminars to their commitment to helping us through out the whole process was really exceptional. As firs buyers, they really had the time and patience to help us understand the market and everything that was required to a new house.. We felt assured that we had the right advise and that we were being taken care of properly. At the end, the whole transition went very smooth. Thanks again to Nicole, who showed a great deal of professionalism and commitment, to the point of keeping up with the appointments and commitments, even when she was hurt.
Phil M. November 27, 2017 bought Bayview Avenue in Distillery District
This is the second time I've worked with Davin, and the experience was just as fantastic (or even more so!) than the first time. Davin is quick to respond, offers an absolute wealth of knowledge and will always give you his honest opinion.
If you're looking for a highly professional, organized and painless experience - I recommend you reach out to Davin.
Tara L. October 23, 2017 bought in Clarkson, Mississauga
My fiancé and I are still in disbelief that we are home owners. With this current real estate market, owning a home seemed like a dream more than reality. Thanks to Nicole, our dream became reality as I write this review in our new home! Nicole exceeded our high expectations and delivered more than we could have ever imagined a realtor would ever provide. She is professional, supportive and a negotiating queen! Nicole will be our go to for any future real estate needs and we will be recommending her to our family and friends!
Nathaniel C. October 2, 2017 bought in Lawrence and Dufferin
I would highly recommend Nicole and Realosophy to anyone searching for an agent. I found that the access to sales information is just such a huge advantage to my search and no other brokerage that I know of allows that kind of access to their clients. Also, Nicole is a hardworking and dedicated agent. I can't remember a single time where I contacted her where she didn't get back to me within a couple of hours at the latest and she was always able to get the information that I needed.
Jamila September 8, 2017 bought in West End
Vivien and John were knowledgeable, helpful agents who operated without pressure and helped out significantly when the situation got complicated. Vivien did a lot of extra work to make our deal actually happen, and kept in touch with us reliably. It was a great experience buying our first home!
Nick De Bonis September 1, 2017 bought and sold in Langstaff
Gus is the best agent i ever had.
He's fast and efficient, gets thing done and makes sure its to your liking. He cares and wants you to be happy and will go out of his way to achieve that. I am very happy on my sale and guiding me through it all. Thx Gus :)
Julianne August 15, 2017 bought in Davisville
We had a wonderful experience with Davin as our buying agent. Professional, knowledgeable, patient, and helpful. Davin was always readily available and quickly understood what we were looking for. Thank you Davin for making our home buying experience that much easier.
J & I July 29, 2017 bought and sold in Vaughan
From the moment we met Nicole, she always listened to our questions, needs and concerns and if she didn't know, she would find out for us. Although we were not sure if we were ready to jump into the market right away, Nicole was very patient with us and once we were ready, she was always available to answer our questions. She is very professional, knowledgeable and does her research before meeting with you. Thanks to Nicole, we were able to find our first home and sell our condo at a price that exceeded our expectations. It doesn't hurt that the Realosophy site is so addictive and interesting to browse. We would highly recommend Realosophy (& Nicole) to anybody looking to buy or sell a home in this crazy market.
Nika D. July 25, 2017 bought in North York
Vivien was amazing throughout the whole process of looking for the right place for me. She was extremely patient and understanding. She went out of her ways to look for directions and planning the trips. She was always ready to look for new places and suggest different options . Always so positive and so kind! Thank you Vivien for such an amazing experience and your professionalism!
Trason F. July 21, 2017 bought Lake Shore Blvd West in Mimico
I was a little bummed because I was continually looking for places during the month of June and ever lead I had on a new rental came up short. Place after place and no luck. I found Vivien Wong and started the search again and with the first place that we looked at and liked, she locked it in and acquired it for me instantly.
I'm super happy with the place that I got and couldn't thank her enough for it!
A and J July 17, 2017 bought in Aurora
Thank you very much to Nicole for helping us find first house and navigate the real estate market! Nicole was professional and equipped with data, trends, advice and patience from the moment we met with her for our initial walk through meeting. Realosophy's approach to the market based on data helped us tremendously throughout the process. Nicole was always available to answer questions, help us navigate the search criteria and to walk us through decision points as we searched for our home in a tense market. We would highly recommend Nicole - she works hard, puts your needs first and ensures that you are happy with the ultimate purchase.
Thank you Nicole!
Michael P July 9, 2017 bought in Entertainment District
I was looking for my first condo lease in downtown Toronto and found Nicole to help me secure my first condo. Nicole is an exceptional real estate professional who was great at understanding my needs for my new home. With Toronto’s highly competitive condo rental market, I was really happy to have Nicole help guide me through the process. Her communication was excellent throughout the entire search. Nicole was able to meet with me on my schedule, during evenings and weekends for showings, (sometimes with only a few hours notice) She found me the perfect condo that met all of my criteria in a brand new building in the heart of downtown. I made the offer, and a few hours later I learned I was successful and now have my first condo! Or so I thought…. After the lease had been signed and agreed to by both parties, an unexpected situation came to light the day before I was to take possession of the condo, and for a few hours it looked like the perfect place that I thought was mine would not work out. But Nicole went the extra mile to determine how to best navigate this situation. She kept me at ease during the process and thought of additional clauses to add in to the lease to help protect my interests. Ultimately everything worked out in the end and thanks to Nicole I now have my first condo downtown. Highly recommended!! Thank you Nicole!
Magda A. June 28, 2017 bought Queens Quay Way in Harbourfront
Realosophy was recommended by a friend, they talked wonders about the company and the service, especially about Davin, so we decided to contact them, as first-time buyers we had a lot of questions, Davin was patient with us, he went above and beyond what we expected in service. in addition to the amazing service that Davin provided, Realosphy uses this cool app that you share with your realtor, so you can build your own list and share it with them, so you don't need to wait and email back and forth with properties saying, I liked this one, I loved this one, stay away from this kind of units, everything is in there!
We will recommend Realosophy! we enjoy working with them, they were truly patient and friendly!
Sam G. June 27, 2017 bought in Yonge and Sheppard
Working with the Realosophy team and with Hamed was a great experience. As a first time home (condo...it's Toronto) buyer, Hamed was always available to answer any question, and did so with clarity, understanding and respect. Hamed was quick to respond and to make himself available to view properties, and was always very helpful and fair in giving his assessment of the opportunity. What I appreciated the most about working with Hamed is that I never felt like he was in full sales mode - instead, he made sure I had the information and the facts I needed to make the best decision for me, and this is ultimately what made working with him so easy and great.
Thanks Hamed and team for all your hard work, and looking forward to working with you again.
Sungho H. June 15, 2017 bought and sold Bay Street in College Park
We had some hard time finding a right place for us mainly because we initially set our budget too low. We looked around for almost 3 weeks to find a place before making our decision and Vivien was so patient with us while trying her best to help us out. She was very professional, kind and diligent, Without her, we wouldn't have found this good of a place. Great realtor!
Ezra & Donna May 29, 2017 bought and sold in Rockwood Village
As first time home buyers, we were very reluctant in getting into the real estate market to find a home. With all the news of the market and its performance, we were very cautious. But Nicole was perfect for us. Her wealth of knowledge and experience helped us make a decision that we were very happy with.
The search was a long one, but Nicole was there to help us every step of the way and with infinite patience. She never rushed anything, pressured us, and was always ready to give us time to breathe and think about things. She always gave out sound and practical advice from the physical state of a home, to financial strategies, market education, legal implications and to the little details in the overall search we wouldn’t think of at first glance. She helped us see many angles to looking at a home, that it really strengthened our confidence in finding one we loved.
Her attention do detail and her attentiveness to our needs was exemplary, as she always made time to speak and see us when we had any questions or doubts. From selling our old place, to acquiring our new home, Nicole helped us along every step of the way in a clear, concise and very friendly manner. We never had any doubts going with her and we never would of gotten through all this with little to no stress without her tremendous help.
We would definitely go back to her if we ever needed to, because she just had our backs through it all! Thank you so much Nicole!
Karl M. May 14, 2017 bought in Riverdale
Great big thanks to Vivien Wong and Realosophy for helping me nail down a decent place to live in this scandalous Toronto real estate market. My rental needs are unique and working with an agent made the difference in finding this hidden gem. Vivien was entirely thorough about the details and document fine print, always working in my best interest. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat - great experience.
Shreya & Rahul May 12, 2017 bought in Cooksville
Hands down loved working with Nicole and Realosophy! We are addicted to the site and feeling withdrawal symptoms now that we have purchased our home and no longer need to follow listings daily,
As first time home buyers, my husband and I were very nervous about the whole idea, but Nicole competently guided us throughout. What stood out to us most was her level of commitment... there were times we knew we were not getting the deal, but Nicole would persist till the end of the bidding war and share insights on what she thinks happened. Her responses with both data and experience were incredibly helpful in making quick and smart decisions.
The best part was that Nicole saved us ~ $20K on the home we bought. Frustrated by missing out on four lovely homes, we were ready to go over asking right away. However, she recommended going in at list price because there were no other offers... and we got it! yay
Looking forward to our next round with Nicole & Realosophy!
Samantha Mdnz May 2, 2017 bought in Etobicoke
First off I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all your help. Right off the bat Gus wasn't trying to force anything my way or ignore what I was asking for. He listened to what I wanted and gave me his best advise, I can't say I was an easy client either as I constantly changed my preferences and adjusted my purchase price but that didn't bother Gus, he was happy with the changes and worked with what I gave him. The best part of this entire experience was his honesty and commitment to finding me what I wanted. He answered the hard questions when I asked him about certain areas and prices that have changed over the last few months. He helped me find the best options I had for my budget and made sure I was satisfied with everything before I made my final decision.
Thank you Gus for being the Realtor people dream to have! Your honesty, loyalty and integrity made the experience feel like you were the one looking for a place for yourself and it made me feel confident that you had my best interests in mind!
I know for a fact that if anyone asks me to recommend someone for real estate, you are the first person I'll mention!
Rony Toma May 2, 2017 bought in Ajax
Gus was always very flexible and accommodating and would often go out of his way to ensure things went smoothly for us during the entire buying process. He is very knowledgeable in the field and always offered sound advice that was in our best interest, I would highly recommend Gus as a buying agent to my friends and family.
Matt K. May 1, 2017 sold Western Battery in Liberty Village
Gus provided great service and advice when selling my condo in Liberty Village. He made the process of selling the condo quick easy and painless, and it was always a pleasure dealing with him.
James Papoutsis April 28, 2017 sold in Central East York
I had an excellent experience with Realosophy. They offered good, professional advice without any pressure. I talked to a number of agents before deciding to go with Realosophy. John struck me as very honest and intelligent, and I was impressed by how different this felt from all the other agents I had spoken to. Making real-estate decisions can be an exceptionally stressful thing but I found the experience to be stress-free and I have them to thank for this. I can't thank them enough!
Alex M. April 23, 2017 bought and sold Winnifred in Leslieville
John and Realosophy were very professional and did an amazing job on both the selling of our old house and the buying of the new one. From the listing, to the photos, to the floorplan and all the way to the strategy... everything was top notch and we feel like we got the best possible deal we could have on both sides of the transaction. John didn't always tell us what we wanted to hear, but he was right, and proved to be an excellent negotiator on our behalf. If you're looking for an agent with integrity, ingenuity, and an excellent and realistic view of the market, you couldn't choose any better than Realosophy.
Sam Seyfaddini April 20, 2017 bought North Park Rd. in Thornhill
Working with Davin was a fantastic experience. A smart realtor who's always available to go above and beyond what most realtors are willing to do. A good realtor makes a big difference, especially in Toronto's crazy market.
Thanks Davin, for all your hard work and professionalism.
Dave Mulliah April 19, 2017 bought in Englemount - Lawrence
The knowledge and expertise provided by Maria is fantastic. She promptly and patiently answers questions, provides clarification and is flexible with showing times.
She strives to meet the buyers’ needs and gives important perspective. For example, one place we visited she pointed out that despite the nice view of the CN Tower future development nearby could change that. She was right! Other places she pointed out the poor quality of finishes that may need fixing/replacing sooner than expected.
In over a dozen listings being considered, Maria knew the market value and how it compared with recent sales in the area. She took the time to explain the buying process and how to plan ahead.
Highly recommend Maria and Realosophy to assist in your future home!
Marina D. March 15, 2017 bought in Mimico
Thank you, Gus, for all your hard work and dedication in getting us our home! Since the day we met you, you gave us your best advice without having anything in it for you. From our first consultation to the day we got our keys, you always relentlessly had our back!! Through the turmoil of emotions in buying our first/second place, you kept us grounded and with your honesty and humility showed us both sides of every coin- something that's hard to see objectively when you have already fallen in love with a place! We often ran into people who "give realtors a bad name," but the truth is, you are one of the few that make it such a personal and meaningful experience! Thank you for your honesty, regardless of the situation, and your advice that always had our best interest! We'll be seeing you for drinks soon in our new condo!!!
Peter Todorov March 8, 2017 bought and sold in Broadview North
We sold our house and we bought a nice condo thanks to Gus Papaioannou. He was very professional and dedicated. We are very happy that we chose him and we recommend him to all our friends and to everybody that want to sell or buy a real estate .Thank you Gus you were great! Thank you for the excellent job!
Jonathan A. March 5, 2017 bought Glen Gordon Road in High Park
Purchasing a home in Toronto is a challenging task in the present sellers' market. After interviewing three realtors, John Pasalis stood out as professional, honest, and experienced. The Realosophy website was an invaluable asset as it is intuitive to use, automatically compared comparable sales, presented information on nearby schools, advised us about potential issues with the properties (such as permits that were opened but not closed), and even calculated the commute times between home listings and our work. The website allowed us to be educated consumers and have a more accurate understanding of likely sale prices. This was 'a must' for homes with bidding wars, and for homes that were listed above their market value.
Despite the Toronto market woes (as a buyer), working with John Pasalis of Realosophy was an excellent experience. He has a wealth of experience about everything from Toronto neighborhoods to renovations. He has a wonderful sense of humor and exemplary integrity. Throughout the process, we truly felt that he cared deeply about us getting into the right home.
We would provide our highest recommendation for both John Pasalis and Realosophy without reservation.
Maneesh P. February 26, 2017 bought and sold Bloor Street West in Yorkville
John has been my real estate agent nearly 10 years. It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that someone would be hard pressed to find anyone better in Toronto.
In a nutshell he is intelligent, personable and highly ethical.
Since meeting him, Ive made two purchases (Multiunit & condo) and had the assistance of other Realosophy agents related to rental units.
In an industry where agents' interests are often in direct conflict with the people they represent, John is rare in that he truly looks after his clients, even at the expense of his own wallet.
2 examples to illustrate:
When searching for a condo last summer (2016), I came across a particular one bedroom unit with some very nice features and became fixated on purchasing it. John looked at comparables and soon tempered my enthusiasm, telling me the unit was overpriced at least 50K. He called the listing agent and determined the seller wasn't interested in moving on the price. He advised me to pass on it and I did. As a result of this advice, a much better property (2bed +1) appeared in the same building at a lower price just weeks later. I ended up purchasing it. While it required a renovation, John's advice resulted in me picking up a much better property all things considered.
After living in the same renovated condo for 5 months, I decided I wanted to sell. Less attractive units in the area were fetching large amounts and I was 100% certain I wanted to 'cash out' and sell for a profit. I called John and we visited nearby units for sale to get an idea of comparables. We returned to my condo, where I thought we would simply decide on the list price and put it up on MLS the next day.
John was in less of a rush and began asking me questions...Where are you going to move to? How much will rent be? What's your maintenance and mortgage interest currently? What are your plans for the money you make? Why do you want to sell again? And so on. He left me with a lot of questions that changed my perspective on selling and all the ramifications of doing so. As a result, I changed my mind and lost interest in selling.
Hard to imagine another agent taking the same approach.
So John advised me to not buy and sell property in the last 12 months, truly looking after his client.
Lindsay S. February 26, 2017 bought in Leslieville
We worked with Vincci to buy our first home; a townhouse in Leslieville. Vincci is extremely knowledgeable, and she guided us through the process of buying our first home with patience and ease. We viewed dozens of homes over several months, and Vincci always booked viewings at convenient times for us. She came well prepared to each showing, with comparables and information on the home.
It's so important to build a relationship of trust with your real estate agent; there are so many ups and downs during the process. Vincci always gave us all the information and tools we needed to make our own decision about each home we viewed. We also loved using the tools on the Realosophy website, which actually drew us to the agency in the first place.
Everyday, we wake up in our home and feel so happy and grateful that we live where we do, thanks to Vincci. We couldn't recommend her highly enough.
Yona S. February 11, 2017 bought and sold in Leslieville
This review is long overdue.
We decided to use Realosphy after we were unhappy with our previous agent. This was the best decision we could have made. John was extremely knowledgeable and very forthcoming with information. We felt like we were with the best Real Estate agent in the city. We have already recommended Realosophy to several people and will continue to do so to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling a home.
Sean & Araceli February 9, 2017 bought and sold in Peel Village - Brampton
We had an excellent experience selling and buying our home with Ada Bragado from Realosophy. From beginning to end, Ada was organized, detail orientated, very responsive, extremely knowledgeable and professional. Ada went above and beyond! Her expertise helped sell our house one day after it was listed!
We loved working with Ada Bragado and highly recommend her. Thank you Ada for making the experience a memorable one!
Michelle B. February 2, 2017 bought The West Mall in Etobicoke
We worked with Davin McMahon recently on the purchase of a condo in Toronto. We had very specific requirements and Davin was quickly able to find us a number of options in our price range. Davin provided his expert guidance on valuations of properties that we visited and when we found 'the one' he made sure our offer was within range of the actual market value. His quick response to our questions provided us with comfort and made him invaluable during what could have been a very stressful time. We wouldn't hesitate to use him again and would recommend him highly.
Vaishali S. February 1, 2017 bought Rankin Cres in Wallace-Emerson
We've sold once and purchased twice with Realosophy. It's always a pleasure working with John Pasalis. He's incredibly knowledgeable and always helps you make smart real estate investment decisions.
We also had the pleasure of working with Vivien Wong this time around. She was very helpful and always answered all our questions. She's punctual, patient and will gladly show you multiple properties. Vivien is easy to reach via text, phone or email and quickly addresses any questions or concerns. If she doesn't know the answer to something, she will look into it and promptly get you an appropriate response.
We highly recommend Realosophy when purchasing in Toronto.
Alan S. January 29, 2017 bought in Junction Triangle
We worked with Maria to purchase our first home and were very happy with the overall experience. Maria was always easy to get in touch with by e-mail or phone, and we were able to set up showings at convenient times. When showing us homes, she was knowledgeable and would point out important details, while also allowing us to come to our own decisions about the properties. She always came prepared with comparables for each showing, so we were able to discuss price and value right on the spot. She offered great support to us right through to our closing date and move in.
We really enjoyed working with Maria and I would recommend her to any friends or family looking to purchase a home. Thanks Maria!
Mehdi Mehran Nikoo January 27, 2017 bought in Aurora
We have had an amazing experience with Realosophy and specifically our agent, Gus Papaioannou. They have gone above and beyond our expectations, have provided us with a wealth of information and we will definitely work with them in the future again
Maya Sequeira January 20, 2017 bought in Cabbagetown
We were first-time home buyers and Vincci made the process so much easier than I had expected - especially in a city like Toronto, where the market is so competitive. Having the market data to guide our search was a huge advantage. We ended up finding a house that had everything we were looking for. It was the first and only house we put a bid on and we got it!
Paige Reynolds January 11, 2017 bought and sold in Upper Beaches
My husband and I had a fantastic experience buying AND selling with Realosophy! Gus Papaioannou was extremely patient with us and made sure we found what we needed. He explained everything to us and made sure we were comfortable with all the details. Realosophy is really unique and we found their online tools very helpful! I would definitely use them again and also would recommend to friends and family. Thanks Gus!
Simon December 15, 2016 bought and sold in The Beaches
Nicole and Realosophy were as advertised; the site was a good resource when shopping for our new home and we often used it over MLS due to information such as school rankings and previous sold prices. I am docking a star only because we DID find a few discrepancies where a house's listed school district was, in fact, incorrect when cross-referenced with TDSB. They noted and I assume fixed those instances but just something to keep in mind.
That said, the website has nothing to do with Nicole, who was a wonderful agent to work with and should get the full five stars. She was very responsive, timely, helpful, informative and flexible to our needs as we were wrangling a toddler while buying and selling simultaneously. We couldn't have asked for more from her and we're exceptionally pleased with both our new home and the price and speed with which we sold our old house.
Marco & Melissa December 12, 2016 bought and sold in Sunnylea
We found Realosophy through a google search and met in person with John and Gus back in March. During our initial meeting they were able to answer all of our questions and gave us a good understanding of the whole process. John and Gus worked well together, were very knowledgeable and extremely patient with us as we visited numerous properties. A huge value-add was their website, which gave us a lot of useful information at our fingertips that wasn't always available on other realtor sites.
The sale of our condo also went very smoothly and we received two offers over asking within one week.
Thanks again Gus and John for helping us find our new home!
Leo & Celina December 2, 2016 bought in Upper Beach
One year before we moved to Toronto we got in touch with Ada. She started sending us properties and putting together an idea of what we did and didn't like, When we arrived, she showed us around and was very proactive in pointing out all of the elements we had to consider when looking for a home (after, we had just arrived from abroad). In one month we bought a house that Ada had found. She was very helpful with all of the paperwork and went beyond her duties to make sure we were well informed (even informing us of the garbage schedule, nearby stores, restaurants and even where to purchase baby stuff). We can surely say this was a great, smooth experience and we came out of it with not only a realtor, but a friend. Thanks, Ada! You impressed us from day one with your professionalism and skills!
Miqdaad M. December 2, 2016 bought in Willowdale
Vivien provided us with a simple path from wondering where we would live to securing a rental condominium in the area we wanted. She was quick with providing listings and after a brief meeting and discussion, she adapted her listings so that each and every one met our 'style' criteria. At the end of the day, we are a happy couple who got the place that we really wanted!
I would recommend Vivien to anybody in search of property for her client adaptability, professionalism and timely responses!
Sarah A. November 21, 2016 bought in Leslieville
I had no idea that I could use Realosophy's services for rental purposes, and I'm so grateful that Vivien and I connected! From the early researching and hunting stages, to signing the lease, she was such an amazing help in acquiring my new loft. Every step of the way she was so supportive, helpful and organized, and I felt she genuinely had my best interest at heart.
I highly recommend Vivien for her positive attitude, sensitivity to her clients needs, and professionalism. Thank you Vivien!
Stephanie Nelkin-Young October 24, 2016 bought and sold in Playter Estates
My husband & I recently bought and sold properties with John. His knowledge and integrity put him in a different league to many other realtors. Highly recommend the whole company.
Lauren B. October 17, 2016 bought in Leslieville
When my partner and I decided that it was time to buy our first condo, we needed someone to really help us through the steps to purchasing. We are beyond happy with Nicole's work. Her commitment to helping us to navigate the market made this experience easy and comfortable. Nicole is knowledgeable and enjoys teaching her clients the ins and outs of buying. We are happy that we bought a pre-construction unit and cannot wait to continue to work with Nicole. I would recommend her to anyone especially those of us who are new to buying. Thank you Nicole! You have gone above and beyond in this process and we appreciate all that you've done for us.
Olga N. October 6, 2016 bought Berwick in Yonge/Eglinton
I had a great experience with Davin McMahon in finding our condo. I had a very specific requirements for the unit and the location and Davin's help was effective and full of attention. His knowledge, quick responses, and detail-oriented attitude made our move easy and stress-free. Would highly recommend him as a reliable and trust-worthy agent.
Conrad D. September 21, 2016 bought in Church-Yonge corridor
I had a great experience working with Maria! She was really helpful right from the beginning, running sample numbers to help me zero in on a budget, and sketching out the process for. Using a home. I appreciated that she always kept a clear-eyed and professional perspective at all of our house viaits - pointing out the things that I might not notice on my own. I never felt pressured in any way. When it came to bidding and purchasing she was always patient with my hundreds of questions. And I love my place!
I definitely recommend working with Maria and Realosophy!
Dhivya & Vivek August 28, 2016 bought in Upper Beaches
Great experience with Realosophy and in particular with Vincci, who was simply amazing to work with.
Vinnci helped us buy our first home in the city. House hunting in Toronto can be very daunting, Vincci patiently helped us navigate the ropes of bidding war and everything there was to learn about house hunting, helping us understand all the aspects of home buying and ownership.
She was empathetic, professional and very knowledgeable which served us well as we looked at several houses and were outbid numerous times. She was also super patient even when we were frustrated at the process. She knew for our budget renovation was the best option, but we were wary and she let us take our time to arrive at this realization. We are grateful to her for having the vision and for leading us there with a good mix of advice, experience, and numbers. Throughout the closing process - Vincci kept checking-in, providing suggestions and guidance - it definitely helped having someone knowledgeable on our side given it was our first home buy. We now have a house that meets all our needs and we love it!
Highly recommend Vincci and Realosophy
Lucas K. August 25, 2016 bought Joseph Duggan in The Beaches
I met Ada Bragado back in October of 2015 when looking to relocate from Montreal to Toronto. Almost a year later, we are finally moved into our dream house and it would not have been possible without Ada's invaluable knowledge and guidance along the way. Most of all she has provided time and lots of it, to clients who would fly in on short notice and needed to discover all the city's boroughs and changed their minds a few times along the way, She did not miss one open house or showing request, even when she told us she wouldn;t be available and a colleague would cover, she would still end up showing up. Whether it was for our short term rental or multiple offers, she provided professional services and attention to detail which enabled us to feel confident and secure with our transactions. Ada practically forced us to take a look at the house we eventually bought as she knew our tastes and was able to negotiate favorable terms for us.
I highly recommend Ada and the realosophy buyer tools to anyone looking to purchase a home and seeking complete service.
Eric J. August 9, 2016 bought in Leslieville
As first-time buyers, we had no idea what to expect from the home buying process, but John's patient approach immediately put us at ease. He explained everything, from the type of mortgage we would likely be able to get to the bidding process. He fit our search around what was important to us - accessibility to public transportation within a narrow geographical area - and didn't try to show us anything that didn't fit our criteria. In the end, we got a house that we're thrilled to live in, and by going through the process with John, we are comfortable that we made the right choice.
Phil M. July 21, 2016 bought Front Street East in Canary District
My friend and I used Realosophy (in particular, Davin McMahon) to find our very first condo in Toronto. It was my first time looking for a place in Toronto, so the task was at first daunting and overwhelming. But when I found Davin, he made the process exceptionally simple. He narrowed down units to exactly what we were looking for, taking the stress out of the search. Davin was also very flexible with viewings and was consistently and highly professional throughout the process. We ended up finding a fantastic unit in the Canary District with every single feature/amenity/requirement we wanted. I would absolutely recommend Davin and Realosophy to anyone at all.
Richard L. July 14, 2016 bought Ashdale Ave in Leslieville
Excellent experience with Realosophy and with Vincci.
Really liked the approach and the fact that we had the tools to do our own analysis. On top of this, Vincci was great. She really understood our stance and her strategy really matched our own approach. (She never pressured us, and was always game to play hardball with the selling agents.) We bought a home under market value and got pretty much almost everything that we wanted. Would recommend both Realosophy and Vincci in a heartbeat. Only down side is that we would have loved to have Realosophy also represent us to sell our existing home, but with two young kids and a hectic schedule, we really needed a full service agency. (To help project manage the whole selling process, including staging, painting, moving, de-cluttering, etc.)
Realosophy July 20, 2016
Great to hear that you had a great experience with Vincci and Realosophy! Isn't it a great feeling to be in a home that really fits you well?
While most of our home sellers opt for our 1.5% Home Selling Blitz which offers full service (including a staging consultation, professional photos, online marketing, etc.) at a competitive commission rate, our sales team can definitely add additional services for clients that need more help including paying for and managing full staging including rentals, de-cluttering, home inspections, handymen, etc.
We hope you'll get in touch with us about your next home sale - we think you'll be just as pleased as buying with us!
Kiera July 5, 2016 bought in Oakwood-Vaughan
My partner and I entered the home buying process in Toronto with a lot of trepidation after hearing horror stories of multiple bidding wars from our friends. John Pasalis and Gus Papaioannou are consummate professionals with a serious passion for not just real estate but for uniting buyers with their true match in a home that reflects their actual needs and budget. These guys made an otherwise grueling process fun and educational while always being accessible and ready to have a frank discussion based on our evolving needs. They are such a blast to work with, we couldn't have done it without them!
Denise Alba June 29, 2016 bought in St. Lawrence
My experience with Realsophy has been great, and I particularly recommend Nicole Harrington. She helped me throughout the entire process of finding an apartment to rent in Toronto. Being from Vancouver, I was unfamiliar with Toronto, so I was grateful for Nicole's knowledge, efficiency and professionalism throughout the whole process. She was extremely accommodating (I was unable to be in Toronto during the process), and helped me find the perfect apartment, taking into account all the factors that were important to me (distance to work and school, quiet/safe location outside the downtown core, etc.) As well, Nicole promptly responded to all my questions and concerns, and often checked in with me along the way. Lastly, I very much appreciated the fact that Nicole made herself available on my move-in day in the event that anything unforeseen came up. I am very happy with my new apartment, and would highly recommend Nicole and Realosophy!
Jennie Baek June 10, 2016 bought in The Beaches
We used Realosophy to assist us in purchasing a house in east Toronto. They were great - very knowledgeable and professional. The market tour they conducted at the beginning was extremely helpful in educating us as to the different neighbourhoods that we might want to focus on and what to look for when viewing a potential house. I would definitely recommend them.
Esther Perez May 30, 2016 bought in The Beaches
As first time buyers we were lucky to find Realosophy. I highly recommend Maria Tikhanina, she was our realtor during the process, informing us of everything in detail, listening to all our requests and making our life easier.
Kristin Trethewey April 10, 2016 bought in Leslieville
We had an amazing experience working with Realosophy. At every step of the way as new home owners they were helpful, straight forward and informed.
Ali S. April 7, 2016 bought in Market Square
It is a pleasure to offer a review on the service that was provided to my Wife and I by John and Nicole.
Being Sceptics of purchasing a Condo through an Agent coupled with knowing exactly what we wanted and knowing our budget, in the beginning of our search we felt that we could surely purchase our 1st condo on our own.
However it didn't take long before we truly understood and appreciated the value and professionalism of this duo. For one of the biggest purchases of our lives and what may seem complicated was made easier than buying candy from a store thanks to the right advice at the right time from both John and Nicole.
They were always available when we needed them, they understood our requirements and always answered our questions promptly. Their real value add was properly assessing the quality of the property and ensuring that we were getting a fair deal.
We thank both of them for their time and service and we strongly recommend a sit down with this duo. I am certain that at the end of that sit down you too will be believers!
Averil and Sukaran January 31, 2016 bought in Lesliville
I was introduced to John through a friend who highly recommended Realosophy.We chose to go with John over other realtors for the following reasons:
- He knows his stuff, especially things that one needs to know from a practical point of view (structural, plumbing, electrical etc.).
-John is never pushy (much appreciated by us) and presents his case in such a way that you always feel in control as a buyer
- Realosophy website and obviously John's own research/experience on market comps was excellent and really gives the buyer the freedom to think for themselves what an appropriate price would be.
- Finally I would like to thank his team who were extremely professional post us buying the house, and till date I appreciate the fact that I can reach out to John to ask any questions.
PS: I would highly recommend using the Realosophy website which has fantastic tools for a buyer.
Natalia D. January 8, 2016 bought in Alderwood
My husband and I would highly recommend John Pasalis and his team at Realosophy Realty to anyone interested in buying or selling their property. Incredibly professional, knowledgeable and supportive John helped us to land our first property in the hot Toronto’s market within our budget meeting all our must-haves.
John was always there for us to advise, answer our many questions and address our concerns. He would not only show houses, but provide a valuable insight while respecting our time and space and allowing us think through (no pressure to make a decision quickly), make our own suggestions and selections and fully participate in the process.
In addition to a great one-on-one consultation, John was always responsive to our many emails and text messages and never made us feel like newebies we were. He was patient, calm, professional and reliable.
John developed a buying strategy for us that worked well for our unique requirements and lifestyle. The strategy paid off, and in the end we got a house that we now call our own. Thank you John for all your help.
Faith and Mark December 9, 2015 bought Eglinton Ave. East in Mount Pleasant and Eglinton
We can't say enough positive things about our experience with Vincci Kumabe! We were first time home buyers; very new to and ins and outs of real estate but Vincci really put us at ease and was very patient in guiding us through the process of finding the perfect home to suit our needs. We really appreciated the analytical aspect of Realosophy as well as the no-pressure approach to home-buying. Vincci was always there to answer any questions we had and reassured us during some anxious times. She responded to our queries almost immediately and was so helpful to us (she even offered to drive us to items needed for our move since we don't have a car!) She is one of the best. We will definitely recommend Vincci and Realosophy!
Dmitri Bouilov December 7, 2015 bought in Mississauga
Maria Tikhanina helped me purchase a condo in Mississauga in fall of 2015. Maria exhibited exceptional professional characteristics. She was always on-time and responsive to all my requests. She genuinely ensured that I was entirely satisfied with my purchase. I can personally attest that Maria is a great negotiator that impressed me with her ability to persuade the sellers to accommodate a few contestable items with the purchase. It did not not matter how large or small the item was; Maria took the time and exhibited rigor and competence when dealing with them at all times. Given that I am a first time buyer, Maria took great care at explaining all steps of the process and made the execution seamless. Overall, an outstanding level of service and I would sincerely recommend Realosophy and Maria for all your real estate needs! ~Dmitri
Yianni Alexopoulos December 7, 2015 bought in Liberty Village
I had a wonderful experience purchasing my townhouse with John Pasalis. He was very patient during my exhaustive search process. I never felt rushed through the entire process and in fact he made sure that I took the time to find the right place. As a first time home buyer, the degree of detail that he would go into when we visited houses was helpful, pointing out features or issues that I did not notice or consider. Lastly, he always made himself available, even after my purchase closed. I highly recommend him to anyone!
Albert Tran December 5, 2015 bought in Markham
We recently purchased a house in Markham with Vincci Kumabe as our realtor. As first time home buyers, we were very nervous with this process. Vincci was amazing at guiding us through this process. She was very knowledgeable, patient, and really put us at ease. We saw many houses with her and she always took the time to explain the pros and cons of the home. We ended up with a house we love. We definitely recommend Vincci and the Realosophy team!
Adam and Kadia November 16, 2015 bought and sold in Vaughan
Buying and selling at the same time was a daunting experience for both of us. We had heard about Realosophy through a friend, and were contacted by Ms. Ada Bragado; who ended up to be our real estate guardian angel. From the beginning, Ada was personable, and walked us through each process in the most knowledgable and professional manner we could have asked for. In particular, when viewing properties, she brought sound experience in knowing what details to focus on in order for us to make the most informed decisions.
What impressed us the most was the extent of her investment in our process. We always felt she had our back, and was readily available when we needed her advice, time, or input in our decision-making processes. Furthermore, she was extremely organized and on the ball with ALL the fine details.
We cannot thank Ada enough for her time, sound expertise, and professionalism in what can be an extremely stressful process. Nor, can we endorse her expertise enough. Thank you, Ada and Realosophy!!
Arcelia and Rogelio November 10, 2015 bought in Casa Loma
As first time buyers in an unknown market we felt completely overwhelmed when decided to pursue buying a property. This feeling got worse after considering several real estate agencies as we felt pushed and rushed to make a quick decision.
All that changed when we came across Realosophy. They are not only professional and caring but also patient as they walked us through the whole process like no other agency even before we signed a contract with them.
Things got even better when Ada Bragado started working with us in such proximity. She is professional, knowledgeable, efficient and patient. She went above and beyond all the time and helped us in any way she could. We were very impressed by the comparatives she prepared to help us take the best-informed decision possible. We told our friends about our experience with her and they could not believe how great and kind she is. Ada is absolutely amazing! We would love working with her in the future and we are definitely recommending her.
Tbelem November 9, 2015 bought in Leaside
My wife and I loved the service we got from Realosophy. Maria is very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure that we found our dream home. Definitely recommend it!
Olga Dadabayeva November 6, 2015 bought in Brockton Village
We chose Realosophy to help us purchase our first house. Were quite worried at the beginning as we heard all sorts of scary stories about real estate agents that are pushy and focused only on the sale. We ended up being matched up with Vincci Kumabe as our agent and after having visited their office for the first time we got a good vibe. Vincci is a very knowledgeable agent, not pushy at all, punctual, highly reliable and dedicated to her clients. Realosophy pro website for clients was also an amazing tool, it had everything we needed in one page and we didn't have to spend time going through various website to do proper research and due diligence on the property. What stood out is that unlike other real estate brokerages, Realosophy is quite research oriented and focuses on informing clients in most efficient ways. We ended up buying a home that we now love. So happy about our first home buying experience and grateful to Vincci and Realosophy for making this experience so positive for us! Highly recommend!
Bryan Sinclair October 7, 2015 bought in Entertainment District
My girlfriend and I worked with Ashleigh in finding the perfect apartment to rent. We could not have been happier with the experience as Ashleigh remained proactive in sending us listings above and beyond typical MLS pulls and had a fantastic understanding as to what we liked/didn't like (didn't waste our time with bad listings!). After we found our unit, Ashleigh was extremely helpful in getting together all elements of the offer, checking the apartment over before move-in and setting up anything else we needed! Thx Ash!
Akila & Bruce August 11, 2015 bought and sold in Beaches
John and the Realosophy team were exceptional to work with and we were extremely happy with our home buying and selling process (if there was an option to click 4.5/5 stars we would have!). We would absolutely recommend them. After working with a couple other agents in the past, we definitely felt that John stood out as being more knowledgeable and providing more customized service.
What we appreciated most about working with John was that he was ALWAYS so prompt in following up with every single one of our questions and requests. He had the right balance of personal and professional rapport and he remained dedicated throughout the entire process. This was a huge life decision for us and we felt he went above and beyond to ensure we were completely satisfied. He spent a great deal of time with us, working late hours and accommodating us in many ways.
We entered the process unsure of whether we wanted to renovate our existing home or buy something new. John was patient with us, asked us relevant questions to get to know our needs better, and showed us houses that really helped in making our final decision. After a couple months, we found our dream home and John was knowledgeable and skilled in helping us seal the deal during a bidding war.
The selling process was a bit more complicated and stressful as our house didn't sell as expected, but John remained confident and continually armed us with sound advice and a wealth of knowledge the whole way through. He and his team did everything to ensure our house sold reasonably during what seemed like a slight market shift/slump and in the end, everything worked out just fine--our house sold and we move into our new place in time.
If we had to find a suggestion, it would perhaps be to fine tune some of the promotional materials (i.e., photos, flyers, descriptions) that go into the sale of the house. We felt it needed a bit of tweaking, which we suggested during our selling process, but this was minor.
Overall, we felt that Realosophy was outstanding and stood out from other agents we worked with in the past.
Heather W August 3, 2015 bought in Todmorden Village
My husband and I worked with John and his team in the spring of 2015 as we set out to purchase our first house. We found John to be knowledgable about the market, honest and forthcoming in assessing our expectations, accommodating of our (usually last-minute) schedules, and responsive to our emails and phone calls. Dealing with the Toronto real estate market can be a stressful experience and it makes a world of difference when you are working with a person whose opinion you trust. Thanks to John and his team for making our first-time home purchase smooth and successful.
Sean M. June 22, 2015 bought in Golden Triangle/Broadview North
We were quickly impressed with John and the buying experience with Realosophy. John has a wealth of knowledge about different neighbourhoods and the real estate market that was invaluable during our house search. He was always responsive and made time for showings, and he helped to make a very chaotic time with bidding wars, etc less stressful.
We have no reservations recommending John to our friends, and we couldn't be happier with our new house.
Jillian T. June 10, 2015 bought in South Riverdale
I can't recommend Ada Bragado highly enough. We had been searching for our first home for over a year when we made the switch to Realosophy. We met Ada and bought our house within a week! She's that good! It was a whirlwind and she was a true professional. She walked us through the process, gave us excellent advice and negotiated a great price. We were first time buyers and we felt very well informed and comfortable. One thing that really stood out was Ada's responsiveness. She was on-call for us pretty much around the clock and went out of her way to preview properties first before showing them to us, to avoid wasting our time. We loved that she also went through comparable properties for sale in the area to gain insight into pricing and to ensure we were making the right choice for our family. We will absolutely be using Ada's expertise again in the future.
The Sanils May 24, 2015 bought and sold in Oakville & Vaughan
John is a true real estate professional with deep knowledge of the industry.
The Realosphy website is fantastic. It is easy to navigate and provides the user with valuable real-estate information that I did not find on other realtor sites.
John and team were very responsive to our questions and were always on time for all showings and appointments.
We would recommend Realosophy to our family & friends anytime.
Thanks Again John & Team
Raeid March 27, 2015 bought in Milton
When we decided to begin our house hunting, we figured that if we were going to work with an agent, then we wanted to find a real professional. Not someone who is only in real estate temporarily and is only willing and able to do the bare minimum. John is the exact kind of professional that we here hoping to find. Real estate is his passion and he takes his work very seriously. Not only is he knowledgeable and experienced, but is also very patient and understanding. We never felt rushed or pressured in any way. He looked out for our best interests and for that we are grateful. We are recommending Realosophy to all our friends and family.
Belinda M. February 7, 2015 bought and sold in Etobicoke
Our house search was a tedious process that took almost 18 months. Why? Because my husband and I could not make up our minds on which part of town that we wanted to reside in. This is where the expertise of the Realosophy team came in. They know their neighbourhoods inside and out. The Toronto downtown core and East end is where you really see their mastery of the real estate market shine but they know this city inside and out. Finally, we settled on Etobicoke and found THE house that we knew was going to be ours. Vincci and John were extremely patient through our periods of indecisiveness and then fought for us so that we could get the house we bought at a price that reflected its true value. We've lived in our new house for the last 6 weeks and are still in disbelief about how we were able to find this gem. Thank you Vincci and John for your help. Words really can't fully express how grateful we are to have worked with you.
The Drivers January 23, 2015 bought and sold in Oakville / Mississauga
If you're looking for a partner in your real-estate endeavours look no further!
Realosophy provides a refreshing and honest approach to this often questionable market. Working with John was a real pleasure; he educated us on the market and ensured that we understood the process the whole way.
John is amazingly patient. During the whole process, we got no stress, no pushing from him to make a decision. After a long time of looking, he helped us through tough negotiations - landing us our new home $50k below ask and selling our current home almost $50k above our original target.
We would not hesitate to recommend John and his team at Realosophy. Everyone we dealt with was thoughtful and helpful.
Erin B. September 24, 2014 bought Riverdale in Riverdale
We had an excellent experience working with Vincci. She was insightful, strategic and highly knowledge about the downtown area. More importantly, she was honest and direct, helping us navigate a tumultuous and aggressive market. We had a smooth closing on our new house and would highly recommend Vincci and Realosophy, especially to first-time buyers.
Not Y. September 4, 2014 bought in Riverdale
My wife and I had a very good experience with Realosophy. We chose them over other realtors because as an economist and a software engineer, we were looking for an analytical, data-driven approach.
Our agent was Vincci Kumabe, and we found her approach to be an excellent fit for us and our approach. She was very responsive at all times, and for every viewing that she scheduled for us we found her there waiting for us when we arrived. We were first time home buyers, and she did a great job at walking us through the many processes involved in actually getting the right house for our needs in a very in-demand neighborhood (prime Riverdale).
Vincci's approach was to provide clear and specific information and allow us to make our own decisions. She never dictated what we should be doing, but did provide some very helpful and valuable advice.
On several occasions she was able to point out information that was missing or incorrect on the seller's home inspections. This was a valuable lesson - apparently a P.Eng and an inspector's certificate doesn't mean that a person knows the difference between a genuine wood-burning fireplace and a coal fireplace with wood stacked up beside it. For me, that eye-opening experience underscored the value of a knowledgeable guide through the process.
In addition to the direct help she provided with the search, viewings, offers, and closing, she referred us to our mortgage broker, with whom we were also very pleased. I would not hesitate to recommend Realosophy generally and Vincci specifically.
Joanna P. June 23, 2014 bought and sold in Highland Creek
We haven't finished our buying process yet because of how picky we are, but we have been working with Vincci for a long time with the selling of our old home and the search for our new home. Vincci has been fantastic, being very responsive and reachable. Selling was a smooth process, with her arranging everything we needed and advising us what to do every step of the way. We sold our house within days!
With buying, she would provide us with detailed information about each place we see. We're most impressed by the patience she has shown, because we know we're a very picky client with a ton of comments, requests and questions!
Eric M. January 27, 2014 bought Margueretta in Bloordale
As first-time buyers-- we have nothing but positive feedback for Mr. John Pasalis. Helped us every step of the way. Always available. Full-Service. And really good about honing on exactly what we were looking for. It's never-wracking being a first-time buyer in this kind of market--there's a lot of people looking to take advantage--John is the not one of them. Friendly, honest, and no bullshit. It's refreshing to work with a smaller business. Realosophy/John Pasalis thank you for helping us find EXACTLY what we're looking for.
Julien G. November 20, 2013 bought in Roncesvalles
We initially came to Realosophy because we were dissatisfied with our previous experience with a major real estate agency. Unfortunately, the real estate market in Canada is not structured around the needs of consumers, but rather around the needs of the real estate profession. Our experience with Vincci and Realosophy was much different. We were extremely pleased with all the time Vincci took to help visit houses, but most importantly, with the valuable guidance throughout the process. Vincci was also always extremely responsive and quick to follow-up on our many questions. As first-time home buyers with very limited renovations skills, all the information provided was essential in us being able to make decisions.
Loretta L. November 1, 2013 bought in Danforth and Coxwell
We actually attended one of the seminars that Realosophy was hosting and met our real estate agent (Vincci) there. Our friends had used Realosophy before and were very happy with their service so we decided to go with them. Vincci was amazing - she was very patient with us during the whole process. She knew the area that we were looking in very well and always had a ton of useful information on hand for us. We highly recommend Realosophy and Vincci. Thank you for helping us find our first home!
Dave B. September 24, 2013 sold Coady Ave in Leslieville
We have bought and sold 3 houses in 2 cities - you were (by far) the best Real Estate professional we dealt with.
The presentation, your guidance, and understanding were 'top notch'.
Dave and Colette
Ryan B. June 28, 2013 bought in Toronto
As part of my quest to buy a home, I interviewed several real estate companies.
I ended up going ahead with Realosophy based on their website content and my sense that they would provide fair and thorough services. While there were some slip-ups in terms of customer service, I believe my experience may have been an isolated case.
While making offers, they provide some input and occasionally were less responsive than other agents I've used in the past. However, they did follow up with seller's agents, which ultimately got me the home I wanted.
Once the offer was accepted, service was good during inspections. They recommended a reputable independent home-inspector who also helped me get proper home insurance.
Closing was bumpy. I was under the impression that specific details had been arranged, but found out on moving day that the situation was not as expected. As a result, the move didn't go as planned. This was was not entirely Realosophy's fault.
After moving in there were some issues with the home (left-over seller's furniture and moving damage). Due to a lack of follow-up by Realosophy, I ended up solving them myself.
Actually It took a while for Realosophy to follow up, but eventually they did and acknowledged the customer service issues. Hence why I believe my experience may have been an isolated case. If you had a better experience, feel free to post a review
Realosophy July 21, 2013
Thank you for your feedback and for giving us the chance to become a better company.
I understand from you that you chose to work with your Realosophy agent after interviewing many other agents. I thank you again for choosing Realosophy.
I am glad that you are happy with the home you purchased for a great price and that you feel Realosophy helped to make this happen for you.
I completely agree that we did not live up to the service we expect of ourselves on and after your Closing Day. We let you down - and for that I sincerely apologize.
Realosophy is a fast-growing company, helping hundreds of clients with their buying and selling decisions. While we normally get very positive feedback, I take your concerns very seriously and personally. In the early years, I was able to meet with every client regardless of who their Realosophy agent was, but as we've grown, some of our systems are not strong enough. This is not acceptable to me. I have been able to count on my fast-acting executive team to address this immediately, and our work will continue.
Real estate is a complex business with many moving parts, and it's one in which consumer dissatisfaction is high. It is a hard industry to reform, but we are committed to our mission. We have worked incredibly hard to make Realosophy a different kind of brokerage. We have stumbled, but we are using your feedback to get better - and we have to, because that is what makes us different.
Thank you again for your business, and for being a critical part of our journey.
President & Broker
Kathleen L. February 12, 2013 bought in Toronto
My husband and I stumbled across Realosophy while researching neighbourhoods in Toronto we wanted to move to. The approach Realosophy advertised, and the smaller size of the company, appealed to us.
Our real estate agent, Andrew, was extremely helpful in helping us find our first home -- he guided us to neighbourhoods we would never have considered, helped us make smart decisions when putting in offers, and was very responsive and diligent. We felt throughout the process that Andrew was very open and honest with us. When we ultimately bought a house, he made sure we got a GREAT deal (better than we had expected!)
We will definitely work with Andrew again when we move in the future. For now, though, we're staying put in our new house. :)
Laura B. January 28, 2013 bought in Toronto
Vincci was a genuinely honest and helpful agent. She made sure our home was excellently presentable, fresh flowers and all ! We sold in a just two weeks.
Annie R. January 22, 2013 bought in Toronto
We met with Vincci from Realosophy twice to discuss investment properties and the pros and cons of houses vs. condos and where we might buy. She was so generous with her time, very patient with all our questions, and so knowledgeable. She literally drew us a picture of how the investment would work, and from there, we're confident that we can now invest in a second property. I'd use Realosophy against anytime!
Thank you Vincci!
Laura A. January 22, 2013 sold in Toronto
I chose to work with Realosophy to sell my condo because they stood out from the rest - in style and substance. I shopped around and interviewed 4 different agents. Besides being the most responsive, they had the best marketing material, the most comprehensive and succinct leave-behind package, answered all my questions, and educated me on their proposed strategy to match the current pulse of the market. Their intelligent, personable, and straight-forward approach inspired my trust.
Results did not disappoint. My unit sold for above asking price in 22 days (avg. listing time in building is 55 days). The sale occurred in an off-peak season.
I received excellent service from a team of down-to-earth, efficient, and extremely competent professionals. Andrew's logical, calm, and reassuring manner in negotiations was especially appreciated.
I would definitely use these guys again.
Ken T. January 8, 2013 bought in Toronto
As a first time home buyer, I've done my fair share of research in regards to looking for a real estate agent and working with Vincci from Realosophy was an experience in a class on it's own. Their buyer focused and data driven approach provided a lot of comfort that I was looking at the right area and setting realistic expectations to my wants and needs. I was impressed by the number of house visits and Vincci's attention to details of what I like and dislike to refine the search as it continued. At the same time, explaining the various common tactics during the common bidding war occurrence and setting realistic expectations for my budget and risk exposure. During this purchase experience, this was definitely one of the biggest steps of my life and I received overwhelming support before and after my home purchase from Vincci and the Realsophy team. I will definitely be using Realosophy for my future purchase and sending anyone who's looking for a reliable and support real estate team that has the buyer's best interest in mind.
Ludwig N. December 28, 2012 bought and sold in Toronto
I was in need of a real estate agent and didn't really know where to begin and definitely didn't want to use my last real estate agent. Word of mouth travelled fast and I was referred to Realosophy and worked with Vincci and John. I was impressed with how Realosophy handled both the closing of my condo and purchase of my house. I didn't get the usual "sales-talk." Instead, I received factual demographic trends of the area, the surrounding amenities, the history of the home, and really usable information that allowed me to make an intelligent decision - not an emotional one. I needed to know the facts, the pros and cons before signing up for the biggest purchase of my life. Without question, I will be using Realosophy again and again and again.
Matt W. December 13, 2012 bought in Toronto
I recently worked with Andrew at Realosophy to buy a house in Toronto, and it was a great experience. Right at the beginning, Andrew asked what was important to me, and made sure to deliver on that and more.
I found Realosophy through an article in the newspaper referencing some of the analysis that they had done. Since I was looking for a real estate agent, I dropped them an email - and Andrew responded within a day to talk and set up a preliminary meeting.
In the meeting, I outlined what was important (both for our future house, and for our interactions/relationship with Andrew). Andrew was able to follow both of those very well - I had said that I valued responsiveness very highly, and he was extremely responsive - especially through a week long negotiation for the house we eventually bought.
We're in our new house now, and are very happy.