We Measure our Success by the Thanks We Receive from our Valued Customers
"We are from the Mainland and, after having spent some twenty-five years in West Vancouver, decided to acquire a home on Vancouver Island, in the Greater Victoria area. West Van has a number of top notch Realtors and our several transactions over the years were always quite satisfactory; unfortunately however, our couple of real estate experiences on the Saanich Peninsula in the last twelve years were disappointing. We were somewhat dismayed by the lack of effort and sophistication we encountered and had come to expect on the Mainland.
In 2016 we decided to sell a lovely and valuable waterfront property we owned in North Saanich. We interviewed three Realtors who we hoped might serve us well. We found two, a gal that works for a large national Realty Company and Michele Holmes of Holmes Realty in Sidney. Although we sensed that either of these choices could be suitable, one candidate stood out.... Michele Holmes. I mention Michele's name but must also include her delightful co-Realtor and team mate, Debra Bartlett. Their presentation and thoroughness is what tipped the scales for us and, as it turned out, was absolutely the right decision. Their marketing of the home was top notch, including a drone video of the property, professional photography, a comprehensive and detailed brochure and even a professional writer that came and interviewed us and then wrote the prose for the brochure.
The MLS listing that they crafted and Holmes Realty's excellent website, along with several other websites they used, then became the vehicles that exposed the property to other Realtors and potential Buyers worldwide. As a matter of fact, the majority of interest in our property came from International Buyers; although we did have significant response from the Mainland as well. The home sold reasonably quickly, at very close to the listing price and to an International Buyer. Michele and Debra were professional every step of the way, honest and forthright, supportive and caring but, best of all, they were lots of fun. We could not have been more pleased with the work they did for us and the results; Michele Holmes and her Team easily rank with the best Realtors we have ever used in West Vancouver."
- Robert Gaynor
"Michelle and her team are the very best of the real estate industry . Their professionalism was apparent from the listing of our house ,to the great website ,sales literature and staging. The team sold our house and we could not be more happy with the Holmes realty team."
- Mike Woodward
"Many Thanks to Michele , Deb , Lisa and the entire Holmes Realty Team on the completion of the sale of my property. 5 star service all the way. Wouldn't deal with anyone else."
- Graeme Lee
"We are writing this letter to recognise the outstanding work carried out by Chauncey Smith in the recent purchase of our home at 2517 Shore Acres Road. As prospective residents to Sidney we found ourselves searching for a home in a real estate market that was significantly different to that we have encountered in Nova Scotia. Our search was made even more challenging due to market conditions, the difference in time zones with the west coast as well as the compressed timelines required to complete all the necessary prepurchase work.
In our estimation Chauncey exceeded all our standards and expectations of a Realtor. He not only understood the market, but had an innate ability to patiently listen to our viewpoints, offer sound advice where necessary and distil real estate contractual wording and our unique purchasing situation into a tangible plan. He responded promptly to all inquiries, which was particularly challenging given that the final offer process was conducted at a distance over 4 time zones from Dartmouth. He also arranged on our behalf a home inspection, drain inspection, contractor estimates and a detailed land survey all of which went above and beyond that expected of a Realtor.
During the negotiation process he showcased many outstanding attributes: solid interpersonal skills; an unflappable approach; meticulous attention to detail; and sense of humour that made the entire process as stress free as possible.
We would certainly recommend Chauncey as a realtor of choice, and would ask that you pass on our sincere appreciation for his outstanding efforts in helping us find our retirement dream home in Sidney by the Sea."
- Philip and Deborah Dodge