Meet Halina Bucchino, Broker

Year Licensed: 2012
Joined The BREL Team: 2017

Designations: Accredited Green Agent | Certified Negotiation Expert
Languages: English, Polish

Lives: Riverdale (Formerly: Queen West, Christie Pits)

Fun Fact: I travel to Tuscany annually for the olive oil harvest

My Life Before Real Estate

Early in the 1980s, I emigrated to Canada from Poland, and before relocating to Toronto, I resided in Hamilton and Mississauga. I excelled in sports and eventually earned a degree in physical education with honours. While my husband performed on tour, I had my twin girls and took care of them. I resumed my career as a personal trainer, instructing exercise sessions to pregnant women and new moms. It made sense for me to obtain my real estate license after making a few real estate investments, and the rest is history.

What I love About Being a REALTOR

Building relationships with people is the most rewarding part of the job. Every client’s needs and desires are so unique and aiding them in achieving those is so satisfying.

Why I Love Helping Buyers

Working with first time buyers is very different from working with seasoned buyers. I love the educational component of working with first time buyers, building their confidence and making the process exciting and enjoyable, as it should be. It’s also great to offer insights to veteran buyers.

Favourite Buyer Story

Working with repeat customers is my favourite. I feel like a proud real estate mom going through the process with the same buyers on a second purchase and seeing how much knowledge they gained from their first. In one instance, the client was quite knowledgeable about what to look for, how to evaluate a home, how to ask the right questions, and even how to participate in negotiations using strategies I had taught her.

Why I Love Helping Sellers

I love the home preparation stage. Sellers are often surprised by the transformation that their homes undergo, and often wonder if they really want to sell once they see the finished product! Providing guidance and honesty about the challenges of selling a home makes for a much smoother transition.

Favourite Seller Story

When time is of the essence and a client is experiencing difficulties, the sale of a home becomes more than just a transaction; it becomes a mission, and it is impossible not to become emotionally involved. When that sale goes as smoothly as possible in an uncertain market, the satisfaction of knowing that you helped someone get through a difficult time and relieved stress that would have added to the chaos is extremely rewarding. The cherry on top was when one of our teammates was able to assist the same sellers with a purchase in another city.

My Life Outside of Real Estate

First and foremost I am a mom and I am a wife. I love to experience new foods, cultures and music. Whether that is through travel or trying new things at home I love experiencing growth through new sensations.

You’ll Enjoy Working with Me If…

I have personally purchased numerous properties and so I know intimately, from experience, the many challenges that a buyer can face. I am extremely empathetic and always put my client’s needs first and foremost. I am not pushy and will take as much time as a client needs to be comfortable with their purchasing decision.

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Favourite Neighbourhoods

What I'm Really Like

Sales Stats

* Total transactions since becoming a licensed real estate professional

** Based on sales where I represented the Seller in 2021

# of Transactions *

166

Average Days on Market **

8

% Asking Price **

112.3%

Houses

31%

Lofts

4%

Condos

28%

Represented The Buyer

39%

Represented The Seller

61%

Client Reviews

Read My Reviews
Our agent, Halina, was the absolute best. Halina works hard, is extremely professional and always worked in our best interest. She is very responsive and provides her clients with the best advice that is guided by evidence and her years of experience in the business. She also expertly took advantage of the BREL's team resources. As first-time home buyers, Halina took the time to understand our needs and didn't pressure us beyond our boundaries. When we're ready to sell, we'll definitely give Halina a call.

- Ruth G.

My girlfriend and I recently bought a house with the help of a BREL team member, Halina Bucchino. The worlds “exceptional” or “world class” don’t quite cut it when explaining working with Halina. The term “transcendental” would be more accurate. From day one, Halina guided us step by step with our first house purchase, never putting any pressure on us, and always giving an unbiased objective view of the volatile Toronto real estate market. This is more than our previous realtor had done by a long shot, and I really can’t explain how valuable both of those attributes were when looking at homes. Halina is not only excellent at researching and gauging values when offering on properties, but she is also a truly gifted negotiator. Without her help, and the hard work she put in on offer night, we almost certainly would have missed out on buying our first home. Halina is an all-star. List your home with her. Buy a home with her. Buy TWO homes with her. You will not be disappointed.

- Bryan B.

We are SO happy with Halina and the team at BREL, I am not even sure where to start. Every step of the way, we were impressed with their professionalism, subject matter expertise, and execution. Halina helped us prioritize what work we needed to around the house do to help her and her team market our home. She included Kiel, the staging designer, in this process very early on so that we could give him the best canvas to work from. Watching Halina and Kiel work together was pure magic and the house after staging could easily be featured in a design magazine. We were floored when we saw the stunning work of the photographer and modern online presence created by the marketing team. The results speak for themselves as there was a frenzy of viewing activity with dozens of appointments and hugely successful open-house. When it came to game-time, Halina’s market acumen and sales strategy really shined. Not only did we get a load of good offers, but we ultimately received a final offer that matched our stretch goal at significantly over market value. Without reservation, we wholeheartedly recommend Halina and her team at BREL (although we never got a refrigerator magnet…)

- Rob S.