Homes in Bloor West Village don’t last long, which is equally true for the neighbourhoods that surround it. It’s a family-centric area populated almost exclusively with semi and detached homes that often crack 7 figures. And they STILL frequently see bidding wars!
There are no high rise buildings to be found within the commonly accepted borders of this neighbourhood, although there are several both just to the east and west. Larger than average lots (by Toronto standards) on wide streets lined with aged oak and maple trees make for an atmosphere that helps explain the area's appeal. Most houses were built between about 1915 and 1925 and feature shaded front porches, adding to curb appeal. Despite being similar in size and style, time has made sure that homes differ enough in cosmetics to keep the neighbourhood interesting and visually appealing.
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET
# OF SALES
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET
# OF SALES
Visible Minority: 11.8%
Average Family Income: $113,120
Lower Education: 38.5%
Higher Education: 9%
Owned Homes: 80%
Tenanted Homes: 20%
There are a number of good schools here, in direct correlation with the number of families that call the area home.
Proximity to the subway line makes this neighbourhood very popular, and an easy commute for the countless professionals who live here. Nearby south Kingsway provides an efficient route to Lake Shore and the Gardiner Expressway.
About Bloor West Village
Bloor West Village runs between two neighbourhoods (Runnymede and Swansea) and sits to the north and west of High Park. It is an area of the city with picturesque, graciously tree-lined, streets. It’s also a neighbourhood that takes pride in its appearance./p>
Maybe the happiness of the Bloor West Village community can be attributed to their family-oriented, community-focused, and convenient, surroundings. Local schools are within walking distance and the ‘wonder years aesthetic’ of the area provides the perfect stomping grounds for children to play road hockey, climb trees, have lemonade stands, walk their dogs, and intermingle.
Homes in the area are mainly brick stone, detached, classic dwellings, with modern improvements and upgrades. This type of architecture and layout naturally attracts a slew of first-time home buyers, and young families. But, just like homes in the area, the makeup of Bloor West Village residents is a consistent mix between ‘the old’ and ‘the new’.
With over 400 boutiques, shops, grocers, cafes, restaurants, and pubs a brisk walk away, this Toronto neighbourhood is worth the trip (or investment) at every turn. In fact, the Bloor West BIA (Business Improvement Association) has been so wildly successful in building a prosperous community of small business that it serves as a model for other BIAs who have tried to follow in their footsteps. And when we say ‘other BIAS’ we are making note of the over 80 BIAS that have tried to copy the model that Bloor West Village set up over the years. It is no doubt that the beautification of the area ($47,500 initial investment) has left the streets glistening just a little brighter, the shops just a little more welcoming, and the return on investment just a little higher.
When you live in Bloor West Village you truly live in a village in the city. You have the best of both worlds matched with the convenience of location and accessibility. Not too shabby if you ask us…
She is very knowledgeable and is always available to answer your questions.
- Megan M.
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and would recommend her to anyone looking for a tremendous experience.
- Adam B.
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.
- Ramesh K.
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!
- Jeannie Z.
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.
- Brad C.
He was patient and accommodating throughout this long process.
- Betsy Q.
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.
- Nick & Beatrix
Stephen made the whole process easy and made us feel that he was in our corner supporting our best interests the whole time.
- Jay & Kelly
From the beginning, he was very helpful, knowledgeable and prompt.
- Tony R.
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.
- Kemberly & Brian
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.
- Jeff K.
He was always available to answer our questions and really partnered with us to sell our house.
- Jaco & Patricia
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.
- Scott K.
While we hired one sales agent we really got the help of the whole team.
- Y. B
She was willing to spend as much time as needed in order to address any of our concerns.
- Carol, Marg & Helen
…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.
- Jojo B.
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.
- Nathaniel C.
He was really helpful, reliable, and professional.
- Felix L.
I was expecting this to be a difficult and lengthy process, but Dena made everything run smoothly.
- Sydney L.
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.
- Mahavir S.
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.
- Fateme S.
Buying a home in this market is challenging, but working with Nicole made it as painless and straightforward as possible.
- Riyaz H.
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.
- Juraj B.
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.
- Rob S.
Tyson goes over and beyond to make things easy on you.
- Goretti M.
We found a place within 4 days and it is perfect.
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.
- Francesca P.
She was extremely responsive, friendly, and helpful. She made all steps of the process easy and straightforward.
- Julie H.
We definitely built a trusting relationship which was key to closing the deal smoothly and with no surprises.
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.
- Andrew H.
From beginning to end they were incredibly informative, forthcoming and data-driven in their approach. It was seamless and entirely stress-free.
Working with Halina has been an absolute pleasure! She is professional, honest, patient and kind. It was a big decision to sell our house after 16 years of living there – and Halina guided us through the entire process. She is attentive, responsive and awesome to work with!
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.
- Cecilia N.
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 never take a step forward” phase. With the wealth of free information on the Brel site and positive reviews, I was impressed and decided to […]
- Jeffrey R.
She is so friendly, easy going, and will make you feel like you are her only client in the world. 10/10.
- Genevieve H.
Throughout the process, she demonstrated true knowledge and experience and never over promised, but rather and IN FACT over delivered!
- Stephanie & Marvin
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.
- David & Karen
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 to somebody who was new to living in the city, and catered to my exact (picky) needs. Once we found a place that was suitable, […]
- Marmara M.
She is attentive and supportive… but also thorough and efficient.
- Laina C.
We have already passed on her info to friends and neighbours who are thinking about selling in the future, THAT is how thrilled we have been with Lisa Bednarski and the BREL team. After a particularly bad experience with an agent when selling our previous home, we did a LOT of research to find the […]
- Lisa & Grant
Nicole was a wonderful agent to work with and gets a full five stars.
- Simon Y.
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!
- Grace N.
His attention to detail when putting my unit on the market made a tremendous impact on the offers I received.
- Daniela T.
This made a very stressful process a lot more bearable and straightforward and we found exactly what we were looking for.
- Paul R.
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.
- Leslie E.
Being from Vancouver, I was unfamiliar with Toronto, so I was grateful for Nicole’s knowledge, efficiency and professionalism throughout the whole process.
- Denise A.
Stephen is knowledgeable, friendly, and took a lot of the stress out of our first home purchase.
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.
- Jose A.
Having rented with other brokerages in Toronto and elsewhere, this was by far the most simple and supportive process I’ve experienced.
- Sarah I.
You were very patient with me & my completely unrealistic expectations of finding a good landing spot after leaving Halifax.
- Alan M.
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!
- Jeannie Z.
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.
- Yang Y.
The worlds “exceptional” or “world class” don’t quite cut it when explaining working with Halina. The term “transcendental” would be more accurate.
- Bryan B.
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!
- Joelle R.
Halina and the BREL team made our move as stress-free as a move could possibly be.
- Amy & Erik A.
Brendan inspires confidence in an otherwise stressful situation.
- Jason & John.
She showed me great places, and when I found the perfect one she did a great job getting the rental through quickly and smoothly.
- Andrew B.
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.
- Victor O.
Tyson is professional and thorough. The process is trouble free.
- Jingjia C.
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 us from day one by immediately dropping off a care pack and kicking it into high gear with a clear project plan. They pointed us […]
- Nicole W.
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 I would be out of the country until January 7. That I would be back on January 7 and would need to look at as […]
- Erin E.
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.
- Erin P.
They made this experience very easy and stress-free…
- Chris G.
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.
- Nikki M.
He is very professional, knowledgeable and correspondence was always prompt.
- Mason S.
…the pros you would want on your side when house hunting, especially when it’s your first time.
- Arya I.
Jenny never left any questions unanswered, always responded promptly and made me feel at ease with the process.
understood exactly what I was looking for and made it happen.
- Tyler K.
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.
- Barbara B.
We couldn’t have been happier with our experience and would highly recommend her and the BREL team to anyone starting their search.
- Danielle K.
We were very pleased with the whole process of working with Lisa and appreciated her attention to detail, responsiveness, experience, and knowledge.
- Herb K.
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.
- Shelina G.
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 when it came to the rental market as it had been a long time since I last rented. Allie and the BREL team came to […]
- Susie A.
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.
- Liza C.
Tyson had made my experience very easy and smooth and is always there to answer your questions.
- Daniel S.
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.
- Deirdre B.
She was a great help showing me different apartments around the city until I found a condo that met all my expectations and more.
- Stephanie D.
It was great having someone to help us with the whole process and she made it very easy and straightforward for us.
- Alex F.
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.
- Alexandra L.
She was very organized with the listing and communicated any news swiftly.
- Jon & Steph
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.
- Cameron Q.
all transactions were executed professionally, electronically, and efficiently to the tee, from the convenience of our home across the country.
- Sandra T
We also love how modern they are compared to other realtors out there
- Juliana & Stephen
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.
- Laura & Stefan
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.
- Rebecca S.
She was extremely prompt and not afraid to be honest, which is exactly what I needed as a first time home buyer!
- Paula D.
She was patient, knowledgeable and decisive. With her help we were able to our dream property!
- Bailey E.
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??
- Nadine A.
Professional and efficient, I found the real estate transaction smooth and painless under her watch
- Jay J.
Her thorough market analysis gave us the confidence that our sale would be a success.
I’m happy to have received end-to-end services that was frictionless and made the whole experience much easier.
- Donna D.
Her commitment to helping us to navigate the market made this experience easy and comfortable.
- Lauren B.
She made the process very smooth and as least stressful as can be.
- Danielle P.
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.
- Shreya A.
He took care of everything and we did not have to worry about a single thing.
- Shuyin M.
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.
- Monica N.
We worked with Jenny from BREL to find a rental – she was amazing! Incredibly professional and attentive, she went above and beyond and was always quick to respond to emails and messages. I would highly recommend her and we hope to work with her again for any future real estate needs.
- Jacqueline F.
He was patient and assisted through the whole process from looking for a condo, purchasing and even rules for rent.
- Tom V.
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 ability to keep us as ‘hands-off’ as possible. Guiding us through the steps, pricing the property properly so that it sell quickly and take the […]
- Mike & Janet
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.
- Grace P.
It was a stressful situation but having Jenny handle the logistics took a lot of stress off my shoulders.
- Tyler & Lauren
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.
- Hilary D.
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 […]
- Ida Z.
Nicole was able to make an emotional experience (selling my home) easier for me.
- Miles L.
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.
- Guru & Prianka
She was a great help showing me different apartments around the city until I found a condo that met all my expectations and more.
- Stef D.
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.
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
- Travis J.
BREL is a fantastic team – highly professional, amazing service & also made up of great people
- Suze B.
Realtors can sometimes get a bad rep, but Allie and the team at BREL really have your best interests at heart.
- Jordan S.
Kristen and Matt made the most stressful time in our lives to date manageable, and we are eternally grateful for that!
- Hayley F.
He was incredibly through with any questions/concerns I had and very responsive to all phone/email communication.
- Diane L.
She was extremely quick to get us a viewing and professional throughout the process.
- Jillian H.
She was straightforward, honest and tireless – and as a first time HB made sure I understood every step of the process.
- Nicole D
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.
- Georgina W.
Super professional, incredibly responsive and nice too! I trusted her completely with our transaction.
- Chelsea C
Stephen, you spared no effort to support making our home purchase a reality.
- Dianne S.
Shopping from out of town was stressful, and her reassurances and support were great. She was always available, insightful, knowledgeable, and quick to respond
- Benoit I.
…unbeatable full package solution that catered to all our needs and beyond
I honestly don’t know what we would have done without her in this crazy Toronto rental market.
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.
- Lang L.
Working with Allie from Brel made my first time home buying process easy and stress free.
- Anna D.
Working with BREL was a wonderful experience for us as inexperienced first time home sellers.
- Umair A.
Halina made a stressful process easy. We really appreciated her responsiveness, honesty, humour and negotiating skills.
- Allison P.
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.
- Toby S & Melissa N.
She truly made the complicated process of looking for and buying a property a very good experience.
- Mona B.
I felt so confident and I trust him right at the beginning of the transactions.
- Girlie Q.
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.
- Arun R.
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!
- Sevinj T.
A comprehensive digital marketing strategy, get staging and an overall professional and personable approach. His analysis of the comparable in the market and pricing strategy were very helpful. His team was very effective in providing all necessary documentation on a timely basis. Their use of DocuSign technology to execute documents helped streamline the entire process
- Blair D.
She made the whole search process feel seamless and easy
- Meghan T.
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 details while prepping our home for the market and was equally helpful with information after the sale for our move. It as an overall great […]
- Peter & Ruth
She even climbed 9 floors to show me an apartment when the elevator was broken. That is dedication!!
- Stef D.
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 schedules to find the perfect home. I can’t thank her enough. From start to finish, 5 stars. Would definitely recommend.
- Genesis A.
My husband and I were so impressed with his hard work and professionalism.
- Stacey M.
As a first-time condo buyer, Stephen’s welcoming, patient, and professional attitude made the whole process less daunting.
- Amanda L.
Dena works tirelessly and is extremely prompt with communications while remaining the utmost professional.
- Kyle S.
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!
- Lauren M.
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.
- Adrian & Suzana
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 market! Apartments are leased in minutes and people bet on rents to secure one! However thanks to Dena I was able to put a leash […]
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.
- Mona S.
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.
- Kit .K
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.
- Barbara W.
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.
- Ashley and Mitchell
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.
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.
- Grace & Gary Li.
I have nothing but positive things to say about the team, but the standout features are excellent communication and honesty.
- Emmanuel K.
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!
- Mike S.
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 I sent an email enquiring about the service within 3 minutes Tyson followed up. That’s impressive.
- Ray Q.
He is also a fierce negotiator that became very handy when it was time for us to clinch the deal!
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 with me but optimistic and very solution focused. Long story short I picked up a place I was very happy with, even in such a […]
- Andrew S.
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 to steal your business, cut corners, and may not offer you the best advice for you personally. Working with Allie has been a breeze. She […]
- Ishita A.
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.
- Cecil B.
Her negotiating skills, marketing expertise and knowledge of the real estate market secured us a fast sale.
- John M.
Nicole exceeded our high expectations and delivered more than we could have ever imagined a realtor would ever provide.
- Tara L.
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.
The customer service level that I experienced and the amount of help I received while working with Halina was above my expectations.
- Mona B.
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.
- Imad A.
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.
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.
- Katie S.
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.
- Andrew M.
Allie Rempel went above and beyond my expectations and was everything I could have asked for.
- Lisa M.
Always proactive and responding quickly she was able to get my place from moving out stage to getting a fabulous tenant in 1 month.
- Michael C.
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.
- Adam D.
Lisa was really knowledgeable and reassuring, and she was super responsive and ready to answer any questions right away. We felt like we were in good hands.
- Samantha S.
Her negotiating skills and professional network were masterful in securing a deal.
Jenny was fantastic, helpful, informative, knowledgeable, prompt, friendly…….in short, everything you want in a realtor.
- Laura R.
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.
- Jenny & Olie
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.
- Ralph C.
The exceptional listing presentation along with internet and social media marketing brought us an excellent price in an absolute record time.
I was constantly informed and updated throughout my entire home buying process.
- Sonia G.
Right from the first phone call Tyson took his time to listen and understand my needs.
- Jennifer C.
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.
- Trevor W.
They are very professional and well organized. Nicole was outstanding. She is extremely bright, responsive and very capable.
- Kevin R.
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 looking for making business forcing us to leave because they were selling the house, we finally decided to purchase our very first place. We cannot […]
Her insight into the market, various neighbourhoods and over and above assistance was so appreciated!
- Nicholas B.
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.
- Skyler M.
So many realtors b.s. you it’s nice to get some truth.
- Paul G.
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.
- Rob H.
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.
- Melissa & Erik
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.
- Gail D.
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.
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.
- Deborah & Peter
We needed an agent that knew the west end of the city like the back of his hands, and Matt did not disappoint!
- Laura D.
I liked how you listened to our needs and reacted with the “opportunity” in the market. The end-goal was our satisfaction.
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 no further. Allie and her team walked me through every stage of the process in a way that I could understand – like the team’s […]
- Monica H.
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
- Alison B.
Her knowledge regarding the market set her above other agents.
- Kevin & Corinne
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.
- Kevin A.
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.
- Allison U.
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.
- Jeff V.
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.
- Marmara E.
She’s always available and her response time is super fast- something so important in this crazy rental market!
The process was easy and Tyson was always available, every step of the way.
- Melissa S.
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.
Not only are BREL the best brokerage we have ever used, they’re a lot of fun to work with too!
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.
- Michael P.
Lisa Bednarski was always available. Her response time as almost immediate!
- Kathy S.
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!
- P. Arora
We had many obstacles to overcome which Halina handled with her extensive knowledge and consistent professionalism.
- Patty S.
Kristin was incredibly patient and very knowledgeable, and walked us through every step of the process (with a sense of humour to boot!).
- Hayley F.
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.
- Sai R.
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.
- Donna C.
The fact that they offered the staging service was incredibly useful and helped us get top dollar.
- Ken N.
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.
Thank you so much BREL Team for all your hard work in finding us what we are always looking for
- Saide L.
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.
- Sandra & Mark
Our whole experience with Nicole was outstanding. From her quick responses, to helping us through out the whole process was really exceptional.
- Francisco R.
Tyson made finding our new home enjoyable and stress free.
- Stacey M.
Matt is a friendly, caring, compassionate and attentive individual with whom I would truly recommend to my family, friends and colleagues.
- Marie N.
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.
- Clark C.
Halina made herself available whenever we needed her, sometimes at the expense of personal birthday parties or family get-togethers.
- Dilprit & Tanya
She always seemed to be looking out for or best interest and never pressured us into making a decision.
- Meagan K.
Bottom line is: even though renting in Toronto is a bit of a roller coaster, but 10/10 would do this again with Dena.
- Andrei M.
Highly recommend Stephen (and the BREL team) if you’re looking for solid and pragmatic advice.
- Akshath G.
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.
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.
Attentive, honest, and unbelievably fast when it came to means of communication; seriously, just the best we could ask for.
- Melissa C.
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!
- Jessica L.
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 and came into this fully versed on the market in our area. The promotional work was outstanding, the staging made the home look so inviting […]
- Christine C.
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
- Kseniia K
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.
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.
- Gabriele M.
I didn’t think it was possible to feel pampered while moving, but the BREL team took care of everything. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
- Rachel P.
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.
- Adrianna B.
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.
- Laura S.
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.
- Angelo C.
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.
- Alanna B.
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 were not even sure of the kind of house/condo we were looking for. Tyson helped us in understanding the Toronto market and the buying process […]
- Raveena & Shabd
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.
- Melanie M.
She was always quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns throughout the process.
- Megan M.
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 guidance at every stage, and especially for the time that Brendan took to really talk things through (including at 11pm on a Saturday night when […]
- Laura R.
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 have purchased two properties from abroad which is a complicated process with him and Matt helped us every step of the way. We can’t recommend […]
- Sandra H.
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 look like it was out of a magazine ad, the photographs were high quality, and the marketing hit a variety of websites and social platforms. […]
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.
- Andy H.
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 speak to Tyson right away. He was really helpful and took the time to explain my various options regarding the transaction I was looking to […]
- Jonathan Z.
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 let me back up the train here for a sec and tell you how it all began with an agent named Giulia, backed my a […]
- Jamie P.
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 abroad. Matt was super helpful and efficient throughout the entire process, from putting together a list of places to see to guiding us through the […]
- Jane W.
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.
- Rachelle O.
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.
- Tom C.
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.
- Carinne L.
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.
- Chris N.
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 network provided me with the support I needed to navigate tax and insurance issues. I would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking a reliable realtor […]
- Alex P.
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 our 2 weeks in the emotional pressure cooker that is the Toronto condo market, my partner and I were grateful for the steadfast guidance of […]
- Ayan M.
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.
- Shabana J.
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.
- Marie N.
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 full of knowledge and helped me out a ton! I will definitely be contacting you in the future! Thanks again!
- Mark A.
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.
- Laura G.
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!
- Bonnie W.
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 across Canada). Both experiences were amazing. Being the sellers this time, we had a chance to experience all of the services offered by BREL. They […]
- Lindsay & Angelo
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 constant news of scandals, and outlandish tactics to sell and buy houses we were scared. We wanted to work with someone who knew what they […]
- Veronica M.
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 got the feeling that this is someone who would look out for our best interests – and we weren’t wrong! We started the process with […]
- Mou C.
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 in the past, and BREL definitely lived up to expectations. BREL were very knowledgeable of the neighborhoods. This gave us confidence when we had to […]
- Sean R.
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 able to buy the first house we bid on and at a competitive price. Giulia was super fast and responsive to work with and continues […]
- Pat M.
I would definitely recommend the BREL team and Tyson to anyone who wants to buy a place in Toronto.
- Ruby L.
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.
- Brandilee N.
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.
- Luigi F.
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 and easy to talk to, but amazingly efficient, available and professional. They helped us to make a potentially very stressful experience a lot less so […]
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 crazy Toronto market! I was so impressed with their knowledge and advice. They were always available to help and give us guidance whenever we needed […]
- Janine A.
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, which has helped me, an outsider who would otherwise have struggled through the whole purchasing process. Besides his absolute professionalism, Tyson is funny, out going […]
- Andrew Y.
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 process (and was also in the process of relocating to another city). Tyson dealt with all of my questions and concerns. He was very knowledgeable […]
- Morgan S.
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 place on my own only to realize I wasn’t making any progress in a challenging market. Dena helped me understand the market, found a condo […]
- Rod L.
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 main factor as to why our house sold significantly over list price in just one week. Over a five week period she worked with us […]
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 BREL team online so I decided to reach out. Giulia was very knowledgable about the market and was accommodating for viewings. Within a few weeks […]
- Melissa D.
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 individual who will bend over backwards for her clients. Not to mention that she is extremely resourceful, super smart and a phenomenal negotiator! Halina’s likeable […]
- Cindy W.
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 a well oiled machine. Everything just clicks so well together. They did a FANTASTIC job of marketing my condo for the sale, from the cleaners […]
- Tony R.
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 her way to answer our 101 questions, and was genuine in her approach to helping us find we are looking for. Highly knowledgeable, trustworthy and […]
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 clock to provide great service to his clients. Even in the daunting Toronto market, Brendan made our experience fun, positive and rewarding. With his guidance, […]
- Caitlin R.
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 for and Matt introduced me to a great Mortgage Advisor to get the mortgage pre-approval first. He gave me listings of my choices and drove […]
- Mari S.
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 extremely caring and kind. She got us into a great place and found us the ideal neighbourhood for us when we were new to TO. […]
- Kate B.
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 were so lovely to work with, professional, reliable and accommodating. I trust them completely. No one knows the High Park/Bloor West market better. Our house […]
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 our millions of first time buyer (probably silly) questions. She also stayed positive and kept working hard for us even when we were close to […]
- Tricia & Jeremy
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 as real life gets to how Cinderella must have felt when she was mobilized by her coachman, her fairy godmother, and supported by her loyal […]
- Ian & Jann R.
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. I had moved from Sydney to Toronto and in total chaos in this great city with no one to turn to. I had gone through […]
- Tav R.
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 was easy, seamless and even a little bit of fun! Our condo sold so quickly that it barely interrupted our day to day activities.Brendan and […]
- Liz & Jerome
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, neither of us had any previous experience working with a realtor. We were looking for someone knowledgeable, who would be accessible, patient and straight up […]
- David & Adrienne
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 in the elevators about how they liked the buildings we were interested in to responding to any question I had within minutes to accommodating my […]
- Gil A.
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 estate business. We would not hesitate to rank him as the best among the ones we have dealt with so far. He helped us renting […]
- Kiran P.
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!