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Testimonials

The following testimonials were written by just some of our happy sellers and buyers. They have all been kind enough to give us permission to show you their correspondence. Their letters and words are very gratifying. It seems that our down-to-earth and honest approach has earned us many friends - we think that's fantastic!

An Awesome Realtor and A Wonderful Friend

I have known Caroline since 2008, when it was my good fortune to meet her at an open house she was hosting. Her level of professionalism, knowledge and experience really impressed me. So much so, I bought one of those homes from her the following year. I'm still amazed at her seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm for her work and life in general! I currently have the pleasure of working with Caroline for a third time, and as always, I have every confidence that all the details have been taken care of. Thank you so much for being such an awesome realtor and a wonderful friend! I feel well looked after.

Excellent Real Estate Agent

Caroline Sawatzky is an excellent real estate agent! She helped us to purchase our first home 25+ years ago and her professionalism and understanding made us feel we were her most important clients...although all her clients are important! Over the years, she became “our” realtor - assisting our families and friends with all their real estate endeavours – whether buying or selling.

Each of her clients got more than they expected in working with Caroline, not just in the quality of her service, but in her enthusiasm, honesty and integrity.

It is difficult to be objective in that we consider her to be a good friend and not simply an agent we worked with once.

She is a highly competent businesswoman with proven excellence in her field! We highly recommend her whether you are buying or selling ... you will have found a realtor for life!

 

Doug & Rita Georgeson

 

True Professional

Hello Caroline,


Thank you very much for all the help that you have been with my 89 year old father’s sale. You have shown a great deal of patience and expertise. I appreciate all the time that you have given for a very complex and relatively small transaction. I would be pleased to recommend your services to anybody who will appreciate a true professional.

 

Terry Friesen

Simply The Best

Having worked in sales for some 35 years I have a keen eye for 'good' sales people. Recently my wife and I were on the prowl for a condo residence in a specific area of guilford in surrey. Our criteria or shall I say my wife's criteria was specific, price, location and that warm fuzzy feeling that only a wife can visualize was in play!
My friend Jeff Stephenson at Greyfriars introduced us to one of his team, Caroline Sawatzky and the hunt was on. Caroline was on it and provided us with above and beyond sales service. She provided us with all the background market information we needed and catered to our quirky wims like 'we'd like
to see this one tonight' on more than one occasion. In the end her efforts enabled us to make an informed decision quickly with the purchase facilitated by Caroline's hard charging professional negotiating skills. We got the place we wanted at the price we wanted. Caroline simply exceeded our
expectations and my keen eye for good sales professionals.
We will not hesitate to recommend Caroline to our friends and family for
their next purchase or sale.

 

Thank you Caroline!

 

Valerie and Dave Griffith

The LaBranches

Dear Caroline:


I am writing to thank you very much for your patience and understanding in the sale of my mother’s house in Surrey. Living across the country could have imposed a great deal of stress for us.


We moved my mother from her beloved home to be closer to us for caring. Although we have a good understanding of our own market, the distance and the Surrey market were both obstacles. Your knowledge and expertise, not to mention detail, and keeping us informed on all of the happenings were very reassuring. We had a few setbacks with clients, but we also had a few laughs. You didn’t give up and pursued the marketing zealously and with commitment. You have great ethics and seem to truly enjoy your work, both of which are needed.


As you know my mother decided to purchase a home here, rather than go into a retirement home. Also, there was a problem with my Power of Attorney from another province, and your help in retaining a lawyer in Surrey certainly was a blessing. Although I never met him, he did an excellent job overcoming our obstacles.


On a final note, the last time I was out there I noticed the houses that were on the market before our sale remained there, even after our sale closed. I don’t believe that this was a coincidence.


Thanks again.

 

Sincerely,
The LaBranches

Kingston, Ontario.

Tracy & Mark

Hi Caroline,


The original email I had forwarded you extending our sincere thanks for your help in our
recent home sale / purchase must have been from my work account. That being said, I thought I might take this opportunity to do a more thorough job of it.


When we decided to list our home, we immediately thought of you without question because we had such a positive experience purchasing our Townhome. Back in 2OO7, you were recommended to us in a round-about way, my sister put us in touch with Stephanie Barritt from Mortgage Architects, and Stephanie referred us to you as a realtor.


Mark and I instantly appreciated your no-nonsense approach and your professionalism. We were new to buying (and selling) and you made it feel as comfortable as you could. Your knowledge of neighbourhoods and builders in the Lower Mainland has been invaluable.
On top of all that, we've greatly appreciated your patience, accessibility and sense of
humour, and would not hesitate to recommend your high caliber services to anyone.


Please feel free to forward our personal contact information to potential clients seeking a
professional recommendation.


Sincerely,
Tracy & Mark
Surrey, BC

HEALTH AND VITALITY

My husband and I have sold two properties and purchased another with Caroline's expertise
smoothing our path each time. Somehow she anticipates every eventuality and deals with it
before any problems crop up. She knows exactly how every "i" should be dotted and every "t"
crossed, so to speak. Her practical, "can do" attitude, then profound understanding of the
market and her great people skills have made every transaction far easier than I ever
expected. Nothing is difficult with Caroline, everything gets taken care of immediately.
Thank you, Caroline!
Debbi Lang,
Owner
Health & Vitality Wellness Centre, Langley

Reference letter for Caroline

I overheard someone once saying “I’m in love with my house”. I remember thinking to myself that what she’d said was a little strange. Like alot maybe, but in love? Funny. 

 

Forward a couple years. Ludwig and I are searching for our own house to call home.  Out on the search, we meet a feisty gal, a real fire cracker of a real estate agent! None other than Caroline Sawatsky. After chatting with her over the next while, sharing with her our wants, our needs, our likes and dislikes in a homestead, with her charismatic attitude, it wasn’t hard to become friends. 

 

She showed us the houses we thought we would like to see.  After some viewings, we just weren’t finding the perfect house. One day Caroline phoned me and said “I found your house Cara!  It’s unique, it’s you!”.  I’m thinking, sure ok we’ll meet for a viewing. 

 

Ludwig and I pull up in the long driveway. We’re seeing a nice cute home, but to us, didn’t consider it to be how Caroline described it. Unique? The front door is opened by the previous owner, and BAM!!!  I knew it was our house! Unique was the perfect and only way to describe this house! Gorgeous curved glass wall entrance leading into the grand room. High vaulted cedar ceilings throughout the entire house. Floor to ceiling rock fireplace, beautiful custom made center island! Oversized huge bedrooms, the master coming with an extra high ceiling with a view of Mount Baker. The back yard was the exact size we needed for our 3 large dogs.  Yes, Caroline was right, the house was unique, the house was mine! 

 

It’s been two years now and I look back remembering what that woman had said about being ‘in love with my house’... Yes! There’s no other way I would put it myself, I am IN LOVE with our house!  I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

The bonus in our having Caroline Sawatsky as our real estate agent? Not only is she the best at what she does, but also, she has become a very close friend of mine.  After the sale of any house one would assume you may never see your agent again, not true with Caroline. She continued to stay in touch, became our friend, and I wouldn’t trade her in for anyone!

 

Thank you soooo much Caroline! 

Cara & Andrew

Thanks so much caroline!!  

You saved us thousands of dollars & you're an awesome negotiator!!

We love our new house and will be recommending you to our friends.

 

Cara and Andrew

Fort Langley

Marissa and Antonio

Hi Caroline;

It was a pleasure doing business with you. We finally found a realtor who does what they said they will do and gets it done  asap!!

We appreciate all of the clarity we got regarding  all of the contracts and what to expect with the all the showings. We would use you again in a heartbeat!

Marissa and Antonio

Jan and Mike

We could never have done this without you! Thanks for making it happen. The kids just love the backyard and thanks again for the great gift. We are going to have you over as soon as we get settled.

Jan and Mike…the delta happy homeowners.

Alanna & Lawrie

Hi Caroline:

Our experience with you as our realtor was the best anyone could hope to hav e. We appreciated how you explained everything  to us step by step & that you were completely realistic & reasonable with what to expect. You far surpassed our expectations with your professionalism, knowledge, ongoing communication & support leading us through a listing & an offer all within  FIVE  days. That was a remarkable achievement in this market. Well Done!. We are extremely pleased with your service & with the team at Greyfriars. Both you & Greyfriars took the worry ot of our situation. Your personal touch in calling & keeping us up to date & in being present for showings was much appreciated. We never had to worry because you were looking after things & doing what you said you would do. You were a joy to work with & with such a positive attitude & great sense of humor; the whole experience has been terrific. Thank you so much!

Benjamin P.

Well it's been a long difficult year in that there was a wills variance legal case pending. Two opposing families with different opinions in a declining market and remarkably Caroline was able to stay focused, detach herself from the emotions, and at times defuse hostile situations. She has a way of putting things into proper perspective. I believe Caroline works hard, she knows the market and delivers on her promises. It's over and we can move on with our lives. Tahnks for all that you've done for mom.
Sent from my iphone..Ben

Renee Pelletier

I was serving tables at the Vault in Cloverdale on a busy Tuesday when 2 men in my section talked real estate. At the time I was deciding weather to invest with a friend on a duel condo deal. In fact this night was my night to come to a decision. I decide to ask these fellas what they thought.

 

They whole heartedly did the best convincing they could to have me run away from the deal. What were the odds that these 2 men, one firm owner and the other a partner would be sitting in my section, tonight?? They hardly had any facts to base their decision but.. was this an omen of some sort? I decided that if I pursued this deal and something went wrong I would kick myself for not listening to them. So, I did something I don't often do and I backed out of the deal.

 

Turns out my friends lost a lot of money on the deal. It's possible I would have lost my house! Ten years later... Selling my home in Surrey. Not your average home. It is a 74+ year old home that lies on industrial land. My first realtor hung around for a few months, until he got frustrated, gave me ultimatums and spoke to me like a child. So I let him go. I couldn't trust just anyone with my property. I needed someone who knew this market intimately!

 

Suddenly I remembered the meeting/ the omen that saved my bacon! I looked up Jeff, he returned my call the very next day AND knew who I was! Jeff brought Caroline to my home along with a bottle of wine and his English humour. Together Caroline & I discovered many hidden mysteries the property had concealed! Eventually our buyer came, in fact there were 2 which brought on a bidding war. Caroline won the war. The cool thing was that she knew just how to deal with the offers that came in and how to protect me. I had businesses looking to take advantage of me with their twisted offers & Caroline knew how to play their game. With her help, I sold my little house on the prairie... LOVED that little farm house, and bought a new one! A cool newish one in a posh area :) Caroline's awesome, she invites me over to her place still, even though business is over lol. Thank you Caroline!

Spectacular Work Ethic

In regards to the spectacular work ethic you have shown during the period of time in which you sold our house. Your business like manner good humour and illustrious negotiating superb salesperson. We are glad to finally decided on you to our house and you completed our every expectation. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, guidance and most of all for being a good friend.

 

Jan & Daryl

Sold Higher Than Asking Price

Just a few words to tell you of our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you have demonstrated while representing us for the sale of our condominium unit. As you know we had gone through extensive research and interviews with different agents in order to pick the person that would best represent our interests. You no doubt came first above the crowd in terms of professionalism and we had no second thoughts about hiring you. I must say however, we were still in for a pleasant surprise. You have really gone beyond our expectations in selling our unit in less than a month at a price greater than asking price and in a market where other agents were recommending a substantially reduced asking price.

So, thank you and you can rest assured that we will highly recommend your services to everyone we know.

 

Marcie Gaw

Listing Agent Matters

Dear Friend,

 

If you’re thinking about listing your home and you’re not sure which agent to list with, may I suggest that you list with Caroline. While it might not seem that the listing agent matters, let me tell you – it does.

 

Not all situations are alike! You may need to sell quickly, you may want to get the highest price even if it takes a bit longer or you might want to do improvements to reduce sales time. Trust Caroline to give you the right information. I listed my home with two other agents before her and neither understood my unique situation. They both used the same strategy they had used with every other client when the real estate business was easier… and they both panicked when a quick sale didn’t happen.

 

Caroline is diligent and patient. We worked the game plan together, and she gave wise counsel along the way. We did some judicious updating, tweaked the plan as we went along and we hit my goals. Most importantly, we sold my home for more than my prior agents thought possible.

Across the homes and cities I’ve lived in, there are only two agents I’ve done business with whom I trust implicitly, and in Vancouver, it is Caroline. If you want a listing in the MLS and a sign in the yard, you can get that anywhere. If you want a trusted partner, you want Caroline.

 

Diana Dyck-Weber

Thanks again for everything you did!

"I would highly recommend Caroline". She looks at everyone's unique circumstances and does what it takes to get the job done and in the timeline that it needs to be done. She was a godsend in the selling of my house and she went aboveland beyond even when the going got rough! She's honest and open and keeps it realistic but also looks out for your best interest. So grateful that we were able to sell in 3 months, thanks to her.

Deborah

A Professional Realtor

If you are thinking about selling your home...don't hesitate to call Caroline.  She took the time to get to know us and to understand our needs. I have sold a few homes and have had some bad experiences.

Caroline is an expert at checking ahead for anything that needs to be done.  She did a great job staging my house.  She made sure that all of the financial details were tied up in advance. I could call her at anytime to get the reassurances that i needed. She followed up after each showing to keep us updated.

My husband and I were very pleased with how professional she was and still felt like a best friend. I would not hesitate to refer her to any of my family and friends.  I miss her now that we have moved.

Don and Janice

A FIRST CLASS REAL ESTATE AGENT!

Caroline has a great grasp of the market and knew the values in our area. We wanted a new home.  She has a wealth of information about the new housing market as well! We knew that  her enthusiam and energy would get us moving fast.  I had listed with an agent previously and found that they just disappeared when my home wasn't selling. Caroline is there until there is a sale and she is never late.  My husband is a stickler for late...so, we appreciated her thoughtfulness?

Marion and Michael..Cloverdale

A Realtor Who Is a Real Person!

Caroline you are not only on top of the real estate game but you are a tough person with an understanding heart. Selling your home and leaving cherished memories behind can be stressful and sad. You provided the needed advice so one can journey on down Life's Highway.

 

I don't know what to miss more - joking with you Snap Pea Crisp snacks you brought to the Open House. That was such a big gift box of them when I moved, I  nearly had to leave the TV behind. I hope that I left with you some fun memories of my germ -free advice to use Lysol wipes and booties for those showings.

 

Hope you get settled in your new home and enjoy the adventure too. As Roy and Dale Rogers might have wrote after their big hit "Happy Sales to You"

I just want to thank you so much Caroline!

We have bought 3 housed and sold 2 of them with Caroline. Every experience had been flawless and positive. Caroline works hard to find the home that checks all the boxes and puts the deal together flawlessly. Referrals to mortgage brokers, the Notary and even the movers. Every step is handled. I would absolutely refer Caroline to anyone i know and our next sale and purchase will be with her again.
Janis and Ryan

PROFESSIONAL

I have known Caroline for many years. Caroine is not only the most punctional  but also professional . Caroline has been my go to person for buying and and selling real estate for more than ten years. In either buying or selling, once Caroline is on board, it happens. She is very quick with gething the job done when you call, she answers, when an offer goes in, she pursues it and when an offer comes in, she is back to you. I found Caroline to be very much in the know about where the market is at and comes with very informed information. Caroline followsl the deal through to completion. Working with Caroline has always been a great experience, and comes with some good laughs. Keep up the great work Caroine
Fred Steinbichler

Chimney Hill Sale!

It has been many years since my wife, Nancy, and I were in the real estate market. The last time we were, we purchased a lovey home in Surrey, where we've lived happily for 25 years. Our realtor was Greyfriars Realty.
Now in 2016, we were back in the market-this time as sellers of that same Surrey property. Given our memories of the success we had many years ago, we quite naturally chose a Greyfriars agent. Our chosen realtor, Caroline Sawatzky, immediately set about analyzing our home's current valuation. Her assessment of the conditiononof our house and the present trends in the applicable real estate market were accurate, well-presented and meaningfully supported.
Ultimately, Ms. Sawatzky's skills and knowledge proved exceedingly on-point. She guided the sale of our home-professionally, confidently and promptly.
We know we could not have done better than to have Caroline heading up our team.

 

Mike Bardel
Nancyt Van Allen

Melrose Garedns Condo!

We had an awesome experience working with Caroline. As first time buyers it was all a little overwhelming. Even after looking on and off for almost a year for the right place, she was still willing to help us find the right place for us. Any time that we were discourgaed she would just respond with something like "don't worry you will find something you'll both love" and we did. The paperwork was confusing and difficult. We both went from living at home to needing everything an adult needs in order in two weeks. It was tough but Caroline was there to walk us through the process every step of the way. She is a wonderful agent and we will definitely be using her again if we ever decide to sell. Crystal and Lindsay.

Lakebridge Luxury Towhnome!

When I decided to sell my home, I contacted several Real Estate agent. One gave me a lowprice for my home, over the phone, one came out and was very thorough, but the price was even lower than the phone call, the third couldn't see rne for a week. I called Caroline, she was delighted to hear from me and came to see me immediately. She was very professional and very thorough. The sign was out within a few days (it would have been earlier, but I had company for three days).

 

The Open House was 4 days after the sign went up and I had an offer two days later. Caroline answered all calls and emails from me, very quickly. I was never left wondering what was happening and what would happen next. Caroline was very helpful in staging my home and brought lovely roses to the Open House. I am very pleased with Caroline and would recommend her to anyone. (I have).

 

Pamela Tovell

Chimney Hill !

Caroline recently sold our house for us.She was very professional from when we first met and she presented her listing proposal.

She worked quickly to get the listing prepared and the photgrapher was great, all the pictures came out beautifully along with the brochure. She sold the house in less than a week.after 2 open houses.

The day of the sale, after the open house, negotations started at 3:30 p.m. and she stayed with it until after midnight to close the deal. She is a very dedicated realtor. Her commission rates were reasonable and lower than most. We will recommend her to our friends.

Rick & Judy Leeder

A True Gem of a Realtor!

I can't say enough about Caroline's professionalism, true caring nature,experience,extensive knowledge and connections.She brings all these qualites to the table for her clients not just in the real estate transaction but in the transaction to their new home/community. Caroline always answers the phone  which is hard to find today.She has a wonderful level of servic eand is extremely thoughtful in her recommendations to us. Caroline doesn't forget you once the deal is done...she has a wealth of information on handymen, gardeners. babysitters, electricians and where to purchase the items we needed. I have worked with lots of realtors but i was truly

impressed with the showings, the open house and the feature shee and video tour of our home...She is also a fabulous negotiator and got me a higher price than i was expecting.

Jeff T

For Caroline

Professional, Smart & Kind.

Experience--knowledge on things that happen and sees potential problems and heads them off before issues surface.

If you are not already a friend or fan, you will become one.

Alway on your side and there for you!

Caroline makes your sale fun and easy.

She does her homework on your property and mcuh more.

I recommend her to others and also to my family and friends.

She has lots of professional people, trades and financial avenues for you.

Generous, always thinking of others, works with charities and the less fortunate.

Desire & Scott MacDonald

We cannot say enough about how well Caroline assisted our family in finding and securing our first home during these particularly turbulent times. Caroline worked hard to find a townhouse in the Clayton area and within the afforded price range that we were approved for. Caroline kept in constant contact keeping us informed, was willing to meet at any time of the day or evening to review listings or write up an offer. And while rhere was some disappointment due to the way properties are now tendered, Caroline persisted in pursuing more properties. Most importantly-Caroline managed to secure an opportunity to make an exclusive offer thereby avoiding the property tendering process , the property transfer completed and is now our family home. This was clearly the best home that we had seen and we feel we were luck to get it-all thanks to Caroline. When Caroline agrees to find what yor are looking for she doesn't stop looking until she finds something and helps to close the deal on the place. Would we deal with Caroline again? Absolutely without a doubt!

                                                                   CHIMNEY HILL SALE!!

 

Just a note to express our appreciation of the Professional Service in which you handled the purchase of our new home. We would certainly recommend you to anyone interested in selling and buying a home.

Thank You Caroline!

Best Regards from Trong and Julia Luu.

.Surrey B.C.

 

 

S. Tysoe from Langley!

I have dealt exclusively with Caroline for all my real estate needs, which have been many since 2008. And for good reason: I have had some bad experiences with realtors over the years. Finding an outstanding realtor is truly golden ! Caroline is a keeper and definitely has a proven track record with me. Currently pending is transaction number, the last of 3 transactions this year alone. There have been many challenges along the way, but my confidence in Caroline never falters. Her professionalism and integrity, vast experience and knowledge, attention to the most minute detail and contingency continues to be a winning combinatin for suuccess. She's a pleasure to work with too. I would recommend Caroline to anyone without hesitation. She is simply the best!

 

 

My apartment has just sold!!! Thanks to Caroline Sawatzky!!  i have had the pleasure of using her service twice and have found her both very professional and darn good at her job. ..both times she has come through for me.

Once again Caroline ...a big Thank you

Bonni Cartwright

 

 

 

Caroline

Thank you for the tireless effort and the invaluable help you gave to me during the sale and purchase of my new home. You were able to advise and guide in the staging of the home belonging to the couple who bought my house. You found them a buyer and closed the sale in three weeks...just amazing!!

As a single person and downsizing my home after many years, the task seemed formidable. I took your advice and with the help of friends, we disposed of most of the clutter.

Thank you for the research you put into the finding of the beautiful townhouse that i have now bought and settled into. The location and type of home are perfect. 

I have already recommended your expertise to many of my friends, some of whom have elerly parents who are also looking to downsize.

Thank you once again for a smooth and speedy transaction.

Richard 

 

 

FOR MY AMAZING REALTOR!!


 Caroline is an amazing real estate agent!! No wonder my entire family (parents & siblings) has turned to her when buying or selling their properties for over 20 years. I was going to "do my own thing" but after speaking with other agents....and then Caroline, I realized that my family really had partnered with the best.

 

Her attention to detail and market knowledge is incredible. She is honest and energetic and her down to earth attitude made the process of selling my condo painless. I learned  what my family already knew...the most important consideration in buying or selling your home is having trust in your realtor. Caroline made me feel that I was her only customer and sold my home in a short period of time (for over asking price)!

 

Caroline - you have my utmost admiration and respect. I will recommend you to anyone looking for a first class realtor as I am confident you can and will get the job done!

 

With heartfelt thanks,

Tim Briggs

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