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Alright, let's talk about your typical neighbour in the Gibson/Stipley area of Hamilton. First off, you've got your die-hard football fans. These folks bleed black and gold for the Ticats, and you'll hear the chants of “Oskee Wee Wee” coming from the stadium during every home game. Then, you've got your dog lovers. Seriously, everyone in the ‘hood seems to have a furry friend. And of course, we can't forget about the folks who like to keep things old school - we're talking about the classic cocktail enthusiasts. You'll see them enjoying a Sazerac at the Capitol Bar on a regular basis, listening to great live music and talking about the never ending drama of Hamilton’s municipal politics. So, whether you're into football, dogs, or a well made Old Fashioned, you're bound to find some like-minded neighbours in Gibson/Stipley.
Gibson/Stipley is a hidden gem in Hamilton. With its unique blend of longtime Hamiltonians and young creative types, you never know who you'll bump into on your morning coffee run. This neighbourhood is the perfect mix of old-school charm and new-school cool. You'll find everything from century-old homes to trendy new businesses popping up on every corner. Plus, the houses here won't break the bank, so families can finally escape the high prices of other neighbourhoods.
Let's be real, there's not much to complain about in Gibson/Stipley, but if we had to pick one thing, it's the parking situation around Tim Horton's Field on game day. It's like every driver in the city decided to converge on one spot at the same time. You'll be circling the block in your car for what feels like an eternity, surrounded by screaming fans decked out in black and gold. On the other hand, if you buy a house with off-street parking then you can turn your front yard into a nice little side hustle to help offset the mortgage. And if all else fails, just remember: Holy Mackinaw, Tigers. Eat ‘em raw.
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Shannon is an excellent real estate agent! She simplified the process making it feel comfortable and easy. She was very organized and dedicated to helping us with whatever we needed […]
Purchased a home before in Leslieville with the BREL team. Allie helped us with our new home purchase while treading through the pandemic. A team that works so well together […]
I appreciated working with Halina and our transparency of what we wanted and what could be achieved helped made the selling process as efficient as possible.
His attention to detail in learning about the property in order to effectively show/advertise it to prospective tenants and knowledge of the current market were both excellent.
She is very passionate and knowledgeable about the Toronto real estate market.
Shannon was extremely helpful from beginning to finish in helping us find our first apartment to rent in Toronto! She was always quick to respond, kind, professional, and in our […]
The knowledge, experience, professionalism, and responsiveness of the whole team cannot be beat.
As first time home buyers, we knew very little going into this and felt super supported throughout the entire process.
Shannon is one dedicated agent!
Well, turns out Kellye is seriously some sort of magician! Not only did she find us our perfect house, but it was one we could afford and she made the whole process super easy and amazing for us all around.
Allie Rempel was wonderful to work with. Thanks again!
Being my first time purchasing property she was very hands-on in walking me through the entire process.
We were actually surprised (pleasantly) with everything they do and the extent they go to supporting the people, the property and the sale.
The level of service we received was to the highest standards – professional, knowledgeable and experienced.
Halina and her team at BREL worked like a well-conducted symphony, and treated us like royalty.
She was great in walking us through the whole process and very knowledgeable about our target neighbourhood and what to look out for.
Nicole Harrington sold our townhouse so fast it made our head spin, and above asking.
She was also real with us and told us what made sense and didn’t make sense.
Communication was so easy and so open and Kristin was always on top of everything!
The whole process greatly exceeded my expectations, but a specific shout out to the wonderful job done with staging and the website.
The entire team is very current with up to date market information and innovative media platform.
Remarkable service, quick, reliable and trustworthy! All you want from a real estate team.
She could point out issues that had never occurred to me, and I quickly came to rely on her sound judgment – I knew I was in good hands
Lisa has expert knowledge of the market, a knack for drafting a winning listing to sell and offer to buy, and just the right personal touch.
She is a clear definition of a professional. I had full trust in her vision for selling my property. She did not disappoint.
I was very nervous about listing my loft (aka my baby!) but she made the whole process painless.
Their knowledge and experience gave me the confidence to sell, even during this unfortunate pandemic.
I was so blessed to have Melanie, Brendan and their whole team at BREL helping me sell my condo. Their knowledge and experience gave me the confidence to sell, even […]
They did a fantastic job with every step – from staging the place beautifully to photos and virtual tour, to marketing and finally making a deal.
Allie made purchasing my first condo a smooth experience.
She was extremely professional, incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.
She expertly guided us through the home buying process in a post-COVID world and had a ton of patience for us as first-time home buyers.
She handled all my dumb first-timer questions like a pro, and gave me good advice on how to structure my final winning offer.
She was patient, insightful, and willing to push back when my perspective was misaligned.
All of them are nice and very professional. We sold our house at a very fair price.
Every day threw another challenge at us. And everyone on the BREL Team showed up with professionalism, realism, and great advice…every day.
We know selling smoothly was partly happenstance, but that luck was only possible because we could trust Lisa and the rest of the BREL Team (design, photos, admin). Their skill and canny instincts were there as a foundation to make it happen!
If it wasn’t for Allie, there’s no way we would have found *the one.*
We are forever grateful for how Lisa helped us through an extremely significant financial and emotional milestone moment in our lives.
She was professional and prompt and really helped advocate for us and help us through the closing process!!
They were also very adaptive as we sold our home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She provided sage advice to me; the kind you’d expect from an agent of many, many years of experience.
She truly went above and beyond to ensure that we were satisfied during every step of the process.
As a first time home buyer, I was nervous about the process, but Kristin was always patient with me and made me feel very comfortable asking questions.
She truly went above and beyond to ensure that we were satisfied during every step of the process.
Selling your home is always stressful Selling your home at the beginning of a pandemic? Crazy. Halina made the whole process seamless.
During the sale of our condo, we faced several challenges. Namely, living outside of the country and dealing with the unprecedented nature of a global pandemic. Nicole was extremely knowledgeable and informative throughout the entire process.
Recently we worked with her on a professional level when purchasing a home and were extremely impressed by her knowledge, professionalism and work ethics.
With Jenny’s expert guidance, the experience ended up being not only a thrilling success, but a fun and exciting learning experience.
Very professional, responsive and always had our best interests first.
She excelled at ensuring we got everything we needed. We really appreciated her responsiveness and positive attitude – anticipating our needs and always coming prepared.
Throughout the process of the search, offer and closing, Jenny was active and prompt, answering all my questions quickly and providing advice when needed. Even through several curveballs she advocated for my interests and scored me a great place.
Stephen was attentive to details and tailored the search to suit our needs. We had a lot of questions, and communications were fast and on point.
Lisa’s efficient, hard-working, thoughtful, and extremely personable; a lovely person!
Professional and efficient, I found the real estate transaction smooth and painless under her watch. I would definitel
The experience could not have been better!
Her efforts were above and beyond expectations as she continued to ensure that we acquired the “must-haves” and she consistently communicated next steps with our best interest in mind.
Halina told us that they treat all their clients equally – whether they have a studio apartment or a 10 million dollar home to sell. We couldn’t agree more. We felt like we were their only client.
She was honest with her opinions about the properties we saw and had my best interests in mind.
Kristin would not let me buy just any home and even though I would have put an offer on other houses she stood her ground. She wanted the perfect house for me. She found my dream home and made close happen within 3 weeks.
I highly recommend her, she is experienced in her knowledge of the condo market and was proactive in chasing opportunities.
Throughout the process she was consistently well prepared for every step and helped to guide me through all of my questions and concerns.
. I was very happy with the end result. The place sold fast and well.
The list of what they are is a long one, but let me list a few…Knowledgeable, patient, creative, flexible, professional but at the same time down-to-earth, empathetic, funny, fun to work with and the list goes on!!!
Once we found a property of interest, her advice was invaluable. She brought a well-thought our strategic approach to the offer process which ensured we got the best possible price in a very tight market.
We would highly recommend working with Jenny if you want a professional and easy experience in what can be a stressful time for buyers.
There is no doubt that Allie’s advice is what made the difference for my roommate and I to find an incredible space that we were both absolutely thrilled with.
With Mathew’s help, my unit was leased out within one week after listing. I really appreciated Matthew’s help.
After our experience with her, we have come to know that there isn’t anything she and the BREL team can’t handle.
She assisted in the process so that there were no complications and was smooth.
His team of professionals looked after the entire transaction from staging, deep cleaning the unit and professional marketing. Our unit was sold in less than a week.
Kellye was attentive and responsive in assisting me with securing a fabulous rental apartment.
Stephen Pryce took a difficult, high-stress, time-constrained situation and made it effortless with three specific qualities: listening, responding and advocating on his client’s behalf.
But not only did Steve Pryce manage to secure me an awesome place to live that’s literally steps from my work, he managed to do it all within 4 days – before my arrival!
She was always in touch, guiding, and supporting our transaction. In a time of doubt, Allie provided all the necessary information, so we made the right choice.
I also knew I could trust him to be on my side while negotiating. He made the whole process painless.
She puts her heart and soul into your clients.
What can be quite a stressful purchase actually turned out to be very pleasant and exciting.
Some agents are glorified tour guides. Not these two. They are absolute professionals who guided us through the search and buying process with unerring skill.
She helped us find our first and second homes, and made the process of leasing our condo seamless.
This is our first time to rent out anything and we felt stressless through the whole process
She was amazing in dealing with any issues we had and was able to reach our deadline promptly.
Her quick turnaround time and knowledge of the market made the process easy and stress-free.
Allie and the BREL team came to my rescue and made the process of finding a place easier than I had anticipated.
Responsive, on the ball and knew the details on renting.
Lisa steered us through a complicated situation this year with endless perseverance, professionalism, and true no-nonsense grit.
She is always honest in her feedback, even if it’s not what you want to hear.
The thing I most appreciate about working with Jenny is that we were able to stay within my original, conservative budget, without having to comprise.
Her letting us know what the next steps were after the deal made us feel very at ease and her also keeping in contact after is great.
Jenny has been my go-to for absolutely everything through the home-buying process and I definitely couldn’t have done it without her.
Throughout the process, Brendan and the team at BREL were helpful and so organized, from emailing paperwork to introducing me to a real estate lawyer.
Working with Matt was totally seamless. We had no stress as he kept us posted on all the appointments and results after.
Well informed, impeccable research, excellent at reading situations, honest, and supportive.
She was always available and quick to respond to my questions.
night that offers came in, Brendan was at his office Christmas party, but he still worked for hours throughout the night to negotiate the best deal for me. Now that is what I call dedication to customer service!
He was very professional and he even helped me with my property management
The BREL team has broken the intimidating process of buying a home into manageable steps.
I’m moving from Toronto from out of the country, and she made this stressful process easy for me.
She is thorough, organized and very focused on providing exceptional service and goes above and beyond what most real estate agents I have dealt with in the past do for their clients.
We were amazed by their marketing and sales strategies and they are the first name we recommend to anyone buying or selling their home.
Each member of the BREL team was excellent to work with. We used their staging for our condo and it was highly effective for us in helping sell the property for more than we expected!
She was an absolute godsend in helping me not only find a place to live but deal with all the associated logistics and setup.
It truly felt like Allie was on our team and was looking out for us every step of the way.
When we did find our dream home, they fought hard behind the scenes to make sure that it happened for us. We wouldn’t be in our forever home without them.
She was extremely responsive, friendly, and helpful. She made all steps of the process easy and straightforward.
Brendan inspires confidence in an otherwise stressful situation.
He was patient and assisted through the whole process from looking for a condo, purchasing and even rules for rent.
Not only was she extremely knowledgeable and professional, but she also allowed us to feel all the more excited about our new purchase as she made the typical home purchasing process stress-free and organized.
When Jenny tells you her strength is in communication, it is no joke. I have never worked with a professional who is so responsive (even when off on vacation)! You absolutely need someone with this strength to navigate the complicated and fast paced Toronto market.
They are very professional and well organized. Nicole was outstanding. She is extremely bright, responsive and very capable.
From beginning to end they were incredibly informative, forthcoming and data-driven in their approach. It was seamless and entirely stress-free.
She was patient with us, always available to respond to our numerous texts and emails and she kept our spirits up with her sense of humour and positivity.
Her thorough market analysis gave us the confidence that our sale would be a success.
It was great having someone to help us with the whole process and she made it very easy and straightforward for us.
Always proactive and responding quickly she was able to get my place from moving out stage to getting a fabulous tenant in 1 month.
Halina made a stressful process easy. We really appreciated her responsiveness, honesty, humour and negotiating skills.
I felt so confident and I trust him right at the beginning of the transactions.
The level of attention to detail was incredible! We provided him with our needs/wants and he more than delivered by patiently yet efficiently finding us a great unit and building.
Highly recommend Stephen (and the BREL team) if you’re looking for solid and pragmatic advice.
She accepted to help us while we were new immigrants with no credit report. She understood our expectation perfectly and gave us really good advice.
She wanted me to make the very best choice and treated me like a friend and even family. I admire her and assure you won’t regret to choose her as your guide!
Halina sold our house in a week and got us the amount we were hoping for. She also uncovered a 19 year old open building permit that the lawyers of at least 3 transactions failed to find, tracked down the city inspector assigned to the permit and got it closed out.
He is very patient, shows empathy and is a genuinely good human being which is so important in this whole business of buying a new house, particularly for first time homebuyers.
On top of this, the entire team was fantastic and really responsive – from staging, to contract management, to marketing. Great service from end-to-end.
In the process, I did note his integrity, professionalism and hard-working aptitude. Whatever verbal commitment he has given to us was fulfilled in style.
She did an amazing job in helping us find the perfect new home. She was available 24/7 and went out of her way to make selling our home a pleasant experience.
He was always prompt in replying to our queries and was very hands-on through the entire process that would have been quite daunting otherwise.
My wife was a first time home seller and was reassured by the comprehensive materials, planning, and staff available at every stage of our sale.
Steve is the quintessential professional who worked tirelessly in our best interests. In the end he secured us a great home and we also gained a great new friend.
Her negotiating skills and professional network were masterful in securing a deal.
Super professional, incredibly responsive and nice too! I trusted her completely with our transaction.
Halina made herself available whenever we needed her, sometimes at the expense of personal birthday parties or family get-togethers.
I have nothing but positive things to say about the team, but the standout features are excellent communication and honesty.
Bottom line is: even though renting in Toronto is a bit of a roller coaster, but 10/10 would do this again with Dena.
all transactions were executed professionally, electronically, and efficiently to the tee, from the convenience of our home across the country.
Kristin goes above and beyond to help her clients. Her family even brought over their winter shovels to help us clear snow during an unexpected snowstorm during the moving day!
She was willing to spend as much time as needed in order to address any of our concerns.
He listened to what my requirements were, and was very helpful in responding to my questions, giving advice based on his experience and analysis of the real estate market.
Entering the Toronto market as a first-time home buyer was intimidating to say the least, but thankfully Stephen made everything as stress-free as possible.
Halina and the BREL team made our move as stress-free as a move could possibly be.
I’m happy to have received end-to-end services that was frictionless and made the whole experience much easier.
We were very pleased with the whole process of working with Lisa and appreciated her attention to detail, responsiveness, experience, and knowledge.
While we appreciated Nicole’s outstanding professionalism, expertise in the field and incredibly valuable counseling advice in this situation where we were not able to physically see the apartment, I think what impressed us most was her human side.
Their expertise was obvious, especially in some difficult negotiates with a potential buyer. When our home did not immediately sell, Halina and Lisa came back with a new strategy that worked almost immediately.
Her negotiating skills, marketing expertise and knowledge of the real estate market secured us a fast sale.
For us as a couple purchasing a house in our late third-trimester pregnancy and with a newborn, we are surprised at how smooth our home search was with Allie.
Stephen is knowledgeable, friendly, and took a lot of the stress out of our first home purchase.
As a first-time condo buyer, Stephen’s welcoming, patient, and professional attitude made the whole process less daunting.
She is so friendly, easy going, and will make you feel like you are her only client in the world. 10/10.
He took care of everything and we did not have to worry about a single thing.
We worked with Nicole Harrington and her team to sell my mother’s home in Mississauga. She came in with a plan and we worked that plan! She did her homework […]
Stephen, you spared no effort to support making our home purchase a reality.
The exceptional listing presentation along with internet and social media marketing brought us an excellent price in an absolute record time.
She is well informed about the market, attentive to your needs and is able to quickly grasp how to bring both buyer and seller together to the table in a beneficial deal.
Realtors can sometimes get a bad rep, but Allie and the team at BREL really have your best interests at heart.
She is attentive and supportive… but also thorough and efficient.
We definitely built a trusting relationship which was key to closing the deal smoothly and with no surprises.
If you are looking to sell your property with the least amount of stress, we highly recommend Halina who is so thoughtful that it will make your selling experience painless and worry-free.
She was extremely quick to get us a viewing and professional throughout the process.
I was expecting this to be a difficult and lengthy process, but Dena made everything run smoothly.
Attentive, honest, and unbelievably fast when it came to means of communication; seriously, just the best we could ask for.
BREL Brokerage offers services and deep, deep knowledge in all aspects of buying, selling, moving, market analysis and goes beyond with detailed blogs and easy to use applications that connected me to data, like Collab for house hunting and MoveSnap for my transition plus an inventory of their trusted service providers.
Professional and efficient, I found the real estate transaction smooth and painless under her watch
So many realtors b.s. you it’s nice to get some truth.
Stephen made the whole process easy and made us feel that he was in our corner supporting our best interests the whole time.
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.
Nicole was a wonderful agent to work with and gets a full five stars.
Her commitment to helping us to navigate the market made this experience easy and comfortable.
Being from Vancouver, I was unfamiliar with Toronto, so I was grateful for Nicole’s knowledge, efficiency and professionalism throughout the whole process.
We are so happy that we decided to go with Nicole when we purchased our first home. She is professional, thorough and always had our best interests in mind.
Our whole experience with Nicole was outstanding. From her quick responses, to helping us through out the whole process was really exceptional.
Nicole exceeded our high expectations and delivered more than we could have ever imagined a realtor would ever provide.
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.
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 […]
Toronto is a crazy market, but she was able to analyze numbers and accurately determine property valuations, which help to keep us on track and not overpay.
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.
From the moment I met Nicole, she always listened to my concerns and helped me work through the ins and outs of when to go on the market
Nicole was able to make an emotional experience (selling my home) easier for me.
Buying a home in this market is challenging, but working with Nicole made it as painless and straightforward as possible.
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. This really helped us be better prepared for the next bid.
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.
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.
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.
he offered her honest opinions and helped us see through the bads and goods without being too personal or pushy. When we found the home we love, Jenny got into full action, in such a way that we couldn’t ask for more.
Allie was unconditionally caring, professional, and informative. She worked with us every step of the way, ensuring that we were comfortable and educated with each decision.
Working with Halina has been an absolute pleasure! She is professional, honest, patient and kind.
We felt like we were in good hands.
Through the entire process (viewing, offers, home visits and after the close date, he was there to answer all my questions and had great advice.
Recommending Halina would be one of the most effortless actions we could take. When searching for an agent, we were looking for someone that could take control and have the […]
She was extremely prompt and not afraid to be honest, which is exactly what I needed as a first time home buyer!
After the purchase agreement was signed, she went above and beyond following up with me right until close (and even after). Honestly, I cannot say enough how fantastic she was throughout the whole process.
He also helped me out of box such as staging, painting and buying the right things for me, so that I can get more value for my property. I never find such a fantastic real estate agent.
Kellye helped us out with organizing a renter. She was responsive and professional in all of our dealings, and went out of her way to make herself available to chat […]
In a short period of time he showed us several places we liked – understood our needs perfectly and with his professionalism he secured our favourite location.
His attention to detail when putting my unit on the market made a tremendous impact on the offers I received.
She went above and beyond and was always quick to respond to emails and messages.
I thought shopping for a house in today’s market would be an exercise in futility, but Halina and the team at BREL made it happen for us.
Lisa is passionate about her work and this really showed in both her dealings with us and the tremendous result she achieved when selling our property.
Everything was great with Dena. I had only a weekend as I am from out of town to make a decision on a rental and she was not only patient […]
I reached out to BREL on the afternoon of Dec 24th and Dena was still at work and took my call. I explained what I was looking for and that […]
A comprehensive digital marketing strategy, get staging and an overall professional and personable approach.
I am amazed that in this day and age, most real estate agents are like dinosaurs, but not BREL, they are showing the rest how it should be done in the digital age, and with all the marketing tools available, not just an MLS listing.
He managed our condo sale remotely in such a smooth and professional manner, that we could blindly trust him to take care of all the nitty-gritties of the sale without even once making a trip from the US to Canada, he took care of it all!
He is also a fierce negotiator that became very handy when it was time for us to clinch the deal!
I just moved back to Toronto after living in Ottawa for 30 years and, and as you can imagine, a lot has changed. I was overwhelmed with all the changes […]
I was a first time home buyer in Toronto and the process can be extremely complicated and daunting. There are tons of agents and professionals out there that are trying […]
We were working on a tight timeline and Jenny went above and beyond to ensure all our needs were met. Her communication was amazing and she kept us in the loop every step of the way.
They not only deeply understand the intricacy of the real estate market, but also how to do deal with tenants. The quality of their communication and level of attention to detail has consistently exceeded my expectation.
We couldn’t have been happier with our experience and would highly recommend her and the BREL team to anyone starting their search.
To say that the Brel team went over and above with their efforts in both selling our home and finding a new place to live is an understatement.
In addition to her skills as a realtor, she was just a great person to work with. Stopping by with wine or packing supplies, treating me to lunch, and even bringing surprises for my dog; she does everything with a great client experience in mind.
Allie Rempel went above and beyond my expectations and was everything I could have asked for.
While we hired one sales agent we really got the help of the whole team.
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.
As I was searching for a home while still overseas, Kristin performed great legwork to find various options for me both in my preferred location and in my price range.
It took us nearly 8 months of searching and viewing houses. I did not not feel at any point being pressured to buy. He gave the right advice and was very professional all the way.
As first time buyers, we had a significant amount of questions throughout the whole process. Matt always made time to answer these questions with nothing but a great attitude and patience.
We felt the whole process from searching, to viewings, to making an offer and eventually closing was very seamless, again in large part to Lisa.
Jenny was fantastic, helpful, informative, knowledgeable, prompt, friendly…….in short, everything you want in a realtor.
We needed an agent that knew the west end of the city like the back of his hands, and Matt did not disappoint!
Thanks to Brendan and Lisa, we also looked at properties on the Market while mine was up for sale and found the perfect place to put an offer on the same night as my condo was sold. A busy and exhausting night but a great success.
He was incredibly through with any questions/concerns I had and very responsive to all phone/email communication.
We fell in love with a place that night, and she encouraged us to sleep on it and not make rash decisions before she did her due diligence. We appreciated that she had our best interests in mind.
She always went out of her way to ensure things ran smoothly, and was very thorough in obtaining information on properties we were interested in. Her guidance was instrumental in obtaining a home we are extremely happy to call home.
You cannot go wrong with the Brel team!! As a first time home buyer, I did tons of research beforehand. But I was stuck in a “read a lot but […]
With Lisa, it all began with her taking special care to get to know us – she took the time to dig deeply into our objectives and priorities, establishing what felt like a true partnership.
Lisa Bednarski was always available. Her response time as almost immediate!
Shopping from out of town was stressful, and her reassurances and support were great. She was always available, insightful, knowledgeable, and quick to respond
We have used Matthew Shapiro and the Brel team twice in the last 2 years. What an amazing team they are. They take care of everything and truly go above and beyond for you.
Working with Allie from Brel made my first time home buying process easy and stress free.
She showed me great places, and when I found the perfect one she did a great job getting the rental through quickly and smoothly.
She made the process very smooth and as least stressful as can be.
Her extensive knowledge about the local market, combined with a drive and passion to help her clients succeed, proved to be the perfect match for us.
She was aways professional but if you’re also looking for someone who will be open/honest and tell you to smarten up when you’re overanalyzing yet be able to mother you when you need it, you’ve found your agent.
Selling your home can be a trying time but Kristin was so very positive and upbeat that we always felt that she had everything in hand.
Her knowledge regarding the market set her above other agents.
Her insight into the market, various neighbourhoods and over and above assistance was so appreciated!
Whoever would have thought that the process of selling a house could be so painless?! Our house sold in no time and I credit that to the entire team’s hard work and dedication.
I’m a very hesitant customer but he made me feel very comfortable and as first-time purchasers, we definitely needed our hand held a little.
She was unbelievably responsive and we never had to wait more than a few minutes to hear back from her on any queries we had.
I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the help and guidance in finding a condo for lease in the most craziest/frustrating Toronto market.
Lisa is everything you would want in a realtor: she is client-focused, quick, knowledgeable, and she’s genuinely a good person. I never doubted that she was on my side.
Having rented with other brokerages in Toronto and elsewhere, this was by far the most simple and supportive process I’ve experienced.
With the crazy competitive Toronto rental market, they did the impossible and found us a place that not only checks off every single “must have” but all of our “nice-to-haves” as well—and there were a lot of them.
Not only are BREL the best brokerage we have ever used, they’re a lot of fun to work with too!
She’s always available and her response time is super fast- something so important in this crazy rental market!
It was clear they valued the property as much as I did and their upfront approach to planning and marketing gave me total confidence in their strategy.
Kristen and Matt made the most stressful time in our lives to date manageable, and we are eternally grateful for that!
I just sold my home with the BREL team. Allie Rempel was phenomenal! If you want your house sold at the greatest value with the least amount of stress, look […]
You were very patient with me & my completely unrealistic expectations of finding a good landing spot after leaving Halifax.
We’ve been looking for a new place for a few months. And during the entire process, Lisa was patient and understanding of our needs. Always willing to accommodate our busy […]
Kristin was incredibly patient and very knowledgeable, and walked us through every step of the process (with a sense of humour to boot!).
She is always on top of things, and I was very confident in her ability to find me the right place, giving me peace of mind.
She was always very professional, friendly, and prompt with her replies. If you get the chance to work with her, you’ll be in great hands!
It was a stressful situation but having Jenny handle the logistics took a lot of stress off my shoulders.
She was a great help showing me different apartments around the city until I found a condo that met all my expectations and more.
She was patient, knowledgeable and decisive. With her help we were able to our dream property!
I was buying a condo while living in a different city, and Lisa would organize weekend condo shopping trips for when I came into town, and was more than willing to go look at things for me and do FaceTime tours.
She was straightforward, honest and tireless – and as a first time HB made sure I understood every step of the process.
I was helped by Dena to find a condo in downtown Toronto. Before starting my search I was not aware of the fiery hell that is the Toronto real estate […]
Dena was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was extremely responsive no matter the day of the week or the time of day, offered advice that was really helpful […]
If you’re a first time buyer in particular, go with BREL, they’re so thorough, thoughtful, and patient and will make your experience educational, painless, and end up with a great place in the end!
Dena works tirelessly and is extremely prompt with communications while remaining the utmost professional.
She has a great knowledge of the current market and the neighbourhoods in Toronto and is extremely passionate in making sure we found a place we would love!
She truly made the complicated process of looking for and buying a property a very good experience.
She was extremely responsive no matter the day of the week or the time of day, offered advice that was really helpful to somebody who was new to living in the city, and catered to my exact (picky) needs.
She was very organized with the listing and communicated any news swiftly.
She also consistently goes far above and beyond in terms of the level of service she provides. And she does it all with a smile.
She was also really great at giving us honest frank answers about what was available but helping us to find what we truly wanted and helping us to understand what we were willing to trade off – even if we couldn’t articulate it.
I liked how you listened to our needs and reacted with the “opportunity” in the market. The end-goal was our satisfaction.
I’ve never used a Realtor to find a rental before, but Allie came so highly recommended from a friend she had represented, that I had to at least make contact as skeptical as I was.
The worlds “exceptional” or “world class” don’t quite cut it when explaining working with Halina. The term “transcendental” would be more accurate.
Jenny never left any questions unanswered, always responded promptly and made me feel at ease with the process.
He really changed our perspective of our first home buying process – we thought it would be long, difficult, and frustrating, but he made it SO EASY
From the beginning, he was very helpful, knowledgeable and prompt.
He is very professional, knowledgeable and correspondence was always prompt.
right from the start it was a worry free experience and was able to get my unit listed and rented out in less than a month.
Somehow they were able to produce 100+ showings in 7 days and 23 offers in one night. These two are worth every penny. No special offers or discounts were gained for writing this review, just a true account of how pleased I am.
He was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the transaction, and being very able and professional, made us feel completely comfortable having him handle the matter.
While I was struggling with other agents kept telling me the units had been leased while I didn’t even have chance to look at it, my colleague referred me to Dena as she helped him to find a house when he first moved from the States. Dena was great!
The fact that they offered the staging service was incredibly useful and helped us get top dollar.
…it was his integrity that was so important to us. We wanted someone who would tell us the ugly truth if we needed to hear it, no BS, and we appreciated his honesty always.
Throughout the process, she demonstrated true knowledge and experience and never over promised, but rather and IN FACT over delivered!
She even climbed 9 floors to show me an apartment when the elevator was broken. That is dedication!!
Anyone interested in selling their property should strongly consider Brendan Powell and The Brel Team. Strong communication with Brendan throughout the property sale was extremely important. He arranged all the […]
Tyson had made my experience very easy and smooth and is always there to answer your questions.
If you’re a first time buyer in particular, go with BREL, they’re so thorough, thoughtful, and patient and will make your experience educational, painless, and end up with a great place in the end!
She was a great help showing me different apartments around the city until I found a condo that met all my expectations and more.
Tyson is professional and thorough. The process is trouble free.
She was there for me through the whole process- was excited for me and frustrated for me as I rode the waves of the Toronto real estate market for the first time.
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and would recommend her to anyone looking for a tremendous experience.
He was always available to answer our questions and really partnered with us to sell our house.
Matt is a friendly, caring, compassionate and attentive individual with whom I would truly recommend to my family, friends and colleagues.
The process was easy and Tyson was always available, every step of the way.
We came to Toronto 5 years ago, and since then we’ve moved six times. So as you can imagine we have met a variety of realtors. Disappointed by greedy landlords […]
She is very knowledgeable and is always available to answer your questions.
This made a very stressful process a lot more bearable and straightforward and we found exactly what we were looking for.
The customer service level that I experienced and the amount of help I received while working with Halina was above my expectations.
I was constantly informed and updated throughout my entire home buying process.
We worked with the Brel team (Brendan & Mel) this fall and they were outstanding! We had a lot to do to get ready and they made it easy for […]
Working with BREL was a wonderful experience for us as inexperienced first time home sellers.
BREL is a fantastic team – highly professional, amazing service & also made up of great people
Thank you so much BREL Team for all your hard work in finding us what we are always looking for
I never hesitate to recommend them enthusiastically to anyone I know! Plus they’re fun and authentic, and stay in touch (in a good way!) what’s not to love??
I know Halina went above and beyond and it is because of her that I purchased the home that was exactly what I hoped for and I truly love.
All we can put it down to is having a great realtor like Halina + an amazing BREL team which is like a well-oiled machine to make this happen.
She always seemed to be looking out for or best interest and never pressured us into making a decision.
Tyson made finding our new home enjoyable and stress free.
Tyson goes over and beyond to make things easy on you.
Thank you so much Tyson. A million thanks is not enough. By far the most responsive, courteous, professional, timely and thorough agent I have ever meet. On Sunday at 9am […]
Right from the first phone call Tyson took his time to listen and understand my needs.
There is 7 hours difference between countries , however , any time I contact her , she answers . Its really impressive , how this girl handles all the situations
They made this experience very easy and stress-free…
We had many obstacles to overcome which Halina handled with her extensive knowledge and consistent professionalism.
He was patient and accommodating throughout this long process.
He was really helpful, reliable, and professional.
I honestly don’t know what we would have done without her in this crazy Toronto rental market.
We found a place within 4 days and it is perfect.
She was always there when we needed her, responding to our emails at the craziest hours, and guiding us through every step of our crazy journey.
understood exactly what I was looking for and made it happen.
My husband and I were so impressed with his hard work and professionalism.
She gave us incredible advice, based on her years of experience in the industry, which ended up saving us tens of thousands of dollars when we went through the bidding process.
…the pros you would want on your side when house hunting, especially when it’s your first time.
This was hands-down the best possible Real Estate experience I can imagine, and I’ve worked in jobs focused on shaping great client experiences for over 10 years.
She made the whole search process feel seamless and easy
We also love how modern they are compared to other realtors out there
…unbeatable full package solution that catered to all our needs and beyond
I could not have asked for a better team-they gave me details on what to expect and got my place sold in LESS than a week!
I didn’t think it was possible to feel pampered while moving, but the BREL team took care of everything. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
Communication was super easy, she was always available via text or email throughout the day. Documents were signed electronically, which made the process that much easier. We were also given referrals to an awesome mortgage broker and a lawyer to help with the closing.
This was our second time working with the BREL Team (specifically Brendan and Mel). We didn’t think it was possible, but they were even better to work with the second time around. From their knowledge of the market to their marketing materials and staging- they are pros.
The BREL team helped us find our High Park home 2 years ago & we recently worked with them again to sell the same home (we are moving across Canada). Both experiences were amazing.
From the very first conversation Giulia was warm, professional, and attentive. She knows the Liberty Village area like the back of her hand. She actually listened to what I wanted, and found a property that suited all of my needs.
We met Tyson, from the BREL team, at a point when we weren’t sure if entering the Toronto market (during it’s presumed bubble) was the right thing to do. We […]
In less than a week, we signed a tenancy contract. We’re super impressed and thrilled to have been working with you and Dena. We found you through your article about Tenancy in Toronto! Thanks again for what you offer and for bringing Dena to us.
When we found BREL it was like a wish come true. Their full-service packaging (planning, scheduling, staging, recommendations, cleaning, etc) was what we needed, and the amazing positive energy they brought to our table just sealed the deal. We knew we’d be in good hands with them working for us.
She was always quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns throughout the process.
Brendan and his team came to my rescue (repeatedly!) on a very quirky (i.e. complicated) condo sale that came with its fair share of challenges. I’m grateful for their thoughtful […]
We have found Matthew Shapiro from Brel to be extremely competent, very proactive, professional, thorough and helpful. He is a very personable genuine guy who we enjoyed working with! We […]
We recently sold our house with BREL/Sage and had a wonderful experience. Kristin was great at explaining the process and answering any questions we had. The staging made the house […]
Everyone on the BREL Team was amazing to work with. Each and every person we dealt with was committed to our sale and made us feel like we were client number one.
I was working with another realtor initially but didn’t like the service. Based on a quick google search I stumbled upon the BREL team website. I called and got to […]
So, my condo of 5 years just sold for almost 10% over asking – in less than a day. The offer came through in the 20th hour – actually. But […]
I was so lucky to have Matt Shapiro guide me through the complicated process of buying my first home, especially since I was looking to buy in Toronto while living […]
The whole thing happened in one weekend, and the next day, both parties signed the offer agreement and I’m glad we were saved from weeks and weeks of stress by looking and bidding on properties.
Where do I even start? Dena Shiff is absolutely phenomenal! We are moving to Toronto and did not have a clue about where to live, how rentals worked, what the market was like etc, etc. Add to that our high anxiety personalities and we could not have imagined a better match for us than Dena. She was extremely responsive, patient and good natured throughout our entire search.
Working with Halina Bucchino has been fantastic. She made my experience of buying a property (and then leasing it) easy and fun like a walk in the park on a warm spring day.
In this difficult market, I could not be happier with the end result. A beautiful home, that meets almost all the criteria we established at the beginning of our search.
Matt offered me valuable advice as I was purchasing an investment property as a non-resident Canadian for the first time. He was extremely efficient and patient throughout the process. Additionally, his […]
As first-time home buyers, we bought our condo in March 2017, after fighting tooth and nail through a bidding war (great neighbourhood and unit and within our original budget). During […]
The BREL team exceeded our expectations on multiple levels. They have mastered the art of working as a team, which is why the process of selling our condo was so smooth. They staged our property beautifully and had it sold in a few days. They are confident, yet modest, and work diligently to ensure that their clients are happy with the end result.
Her confidence and professionalism really shone through and it was an easy decision to work with her. Giulia was so accessible and very responsive. The entire BREL team worked really well together and were very efficient. They made the entire process easy and stress free.
I want to share a big thank you to Brendan the BREL team! This was my first condo purchase and had no idea what I was doing but Brendan was […]
I am really glad she convinced me to think out of the box. As soon as I entered this second apartment, around King West, I felt like I was home.
If you are looking for a no-nonsense and highly personable agent who will achieve the best possible result, call Matthew. You will not be disappointed!
The BREL team helped us find our Toronto High Park dream home 2 years ago and we recently worked with them again to sell the same home (we are moving […]
When we finally decided to make this biggest commitment of our lives and purchase our first home, we were completely skeptical. Upset at how the market was moving and the […]
We reached out to Kristin to help us with the sale of our condo and find us something larger. From our first meeting with Kristin, we were immediately impressed and […]
The BREL team helped us buy our house in Etobicoke and we were very impressed with their service. They were referred to us by friends who had worked with them […]
Giulia was a Superstar to work with throughout the process of researching and negotiating for a three bedroom home in a very hot downtown Toronto neighbourhood. In fact, I was […]
I would definitely recommend the BREL team and Tyson to anyone who wants to buy a place in Toronto.
Halina’s professionalism and tenacity ensured that I beat out three potential tenants to get the apartment I wanted; in a brand new sought-after building in downtown Toronto.
I’m not surprised at all that the BREL team has perfect reviews across the board — they exceeded our expectations in every single way throughout the entire process of selling our old place and buying a new one.
In a crazy Toronto real estate market and stories of agents that leave much to be desired; you can be assured that Giulia and the entire BREL team rise above the rest and you are in good hands. We couldn’t have been happier and couldn’t recommend them more.
We had the good fortune of being referred to Melanie and Brendan for the sale of our house. They are a truly excellent team. They are not only very friendly […]
Brendan, Giulia and the entire team at BREL were so incredible to work with. They helped us find our dream home in just a couple of weeks. Even in this […]
I have had the pleasure to work with Tyson from the BREL team to purchase my first condo in Toronto downtown. Tyson has extensive knowledge about Toronto real estate market, […]
I am so thankful to have found Tyson when I was looking to rent out my condo. As a first-time renter, I was more than a bit nervous about the […]
I would like to thank Dena at Team BREL for her help in finding a condo for me to rent. I arrived from Edmonton and started to look for a […]
Kathy recently helped us sell our home in Bloor West Village and she really went above and beyond in so many ways. We feel her effort and expertise was the […]
Giulia and the BREL team were amazing to work with! I was looking to purchase my first home ( condo) downtown Toronto. I saw all the great reviews about the […]
Halina Bucchino is a true rising star in the Real Estate world! Halina is not just an agent, Halina is a real estate investor and an incredibly honest and humble […]
I worked with the BREL Team on the sale of my condo and the purchase of our new home and I FULLY recommend their services. The BREL Team is like […]
We are very happy with the services of BREL. We were referred to work with Kristin – she is an excellent agent. As first time buyers, Kristin went out of […]
Brendan, Mel and the entire Brel team were amazing to work with during our first home buying experience. Brendan was knowledgable, honest, patient and always available. He works around the […]
I only started thinking about getting a condo for rental purposes in early June 2016. I contacted BREL and they introduced me to Matt. I explained what I was looking […]
We had an excellent experience having Dena represent us two times in our search for a rental. She was organized, full of helpful advice, communicative and easy to reach, and […]
Kathy and her team were absolutely incredible! They exceeded our expectations in every possible way. Above and beyond, again and again. We could not be happier. Kathy and her team […]
Giulia was really helpful throughout the entire process of buying our first townhouse. She is super quick to respond and organize everything and she never seemed bothered one bit by […]
Working with Melanie, Brendan, and the BREL team (with shoutouts to Lianne, Jim, the electrician, the domestic engineers, and the movers and shakers behind the scenes) could be as close […]
This is my first time writing a review for anyone but I cannot resist to state the following. I had a pleasure to meet Matt Shapiro from the Brel team. […]
We recently sold our downtown condo with the distinguished help of Brendan and Mel. Their expertise and connections to any and every service you may need are outstanding. The process […]
Tyson Cafe-Ruoff from the BREL team recently helped us buy our first home, and he was an amazing resource throughout the entire process. Given that this was our first purchase, […]
I had the pleasure of working with Tyson Cafe-Ruoff from the BREL/Sage Real Estate Team in the search of a condo in downtown Toronto. From asking people we bumped into […]
We had a great experience with Tyson Cafe-Ruoff of BREL Real Estate team while renting out our condominium in Toronto. We found him a highly professional person in the real […]
Dena was very friendly and did an outstanding job at keeping us updated and going out of her way to ensure that we get what we want. Highly recommend!